The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 5, 1953 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, February 5, 1953
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THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 195S Short Sees Clamp Down On Growth of Army Brass WASHINGTON (* _ Rep. short (R-Mo) said today Congress may have to write more restrictive new- laws to stop what he termed a deplorable growth of military brass. Short, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said present 'laws eoverninsj promotions in th« armed services and setting llmiU on the number of officers in each rank may have to be thoroughly reviewed and revised. Rep, Glenn E. Davis (R-Wis) told the committee yesterday that the number of ulflcers above the rank of lieutenant colonel has increased since the' war, although the armed forces now are only one- half or one-quarter as large. This means, he said; the ratio of senior officers to enlisted men Is about four, times greater today. The Army, he said, will have 451 major generals next June for a J.GOO.OOO-man Army, compared io 450 for the seven million men of the war, Rep. ^Norblad (R-Ore), a committee member, said the Navy has 205 admirals for a million-man fleet, compared to 287 for a four- million-man wartime force. The committee heard these sta- tlstics at the start of hearings to consider ways of altering regulations to prevent freezing the careers of 10.000 Junior naval officers. The hearings will resume tomorrow. Davis sponsored a controversial amendment to a money bill, adopted during last fear, which limits the number of officers In each rank. The amendment becomes effective April 1. Vice Adm. Laurence DuBose, chief of novnl personnel, said the immediate effect of the Davis amendment would be to force the demotion of 5,400 senior nnvnl lieutenants nnd the freezing of 4,091 more junior officers. Davis and committee members agreed prompt action should be taken. The committee Is studying a hill to repeal the Davis amendment, but Short told a reporter It probably would retain the measure with adjustments to exempt junior officers of all services, doctors and dentists. After that, Short said, the committee probably will consider writ- Ing a new blueprint for the officer Btructure. You Contribute to Dictionary's Making Every Time You Pick it Up By ADELAIDE KERK , NEW YORK, Feb. 5 W—aid you ' ever realize, when you pick up a dictionary, that you may have contributed to its making? "The big business of a dictionary maker is to know the limes," says Clarence L. Barnhart, one of America's leading dictionary-makers, now working on his ninth. •• ' "The language is. growing all the time. Every period brings its new developments and Interests and produces special new words. "I estimate that, in every dictionary, about 5,000 new words come up for consideration and about 3,000:' of them get in. one such word Is 'simulcast,' a word coined by a press agent, meaning to broadcast by radio and television simultaneously. Another is 'fluoridate' meaning to add small amounts of fluorine to drinking water. "Words are dropped out top, as they drop out of general use. In the last analysis, educated people make the dictionary." ' Barnhard, .-a big brown-haired, scholarly looking man who loves a Inugh, has been making dictionaries for 23 years. He started with a parf-time job with a Chicago textbook publisher while he was a University of Chicago student. ,'<• He is nnw.ln.buslness'fqr himself In Brooxville, N. : 'y.,- .unaer" contract to Doubleday and Company, New York publishers, nnd Scott Foresman, Chicago publishers of schoolbooks. At present he is working on a new college dictionary which he hopes will be ready In five years. "The dictionary Is divided Into the common vocabulary words like go, get and give) and the technical vocabulary scientific " terms," says Barnhart. "The technical keeps growing and crowding the common. The hardest job becomes deciding how to define the common words, which have BO many Jnennings. "The meticulous work required on thousands of words can make dictionary making an expensive business. The dictionary maker is to > constant race with time. A college dictionary often has 125,000 to 150.000}' entries. If 100,000 of these are .technical terms and the average time for a definition Is i 10 minutes, this means a million k minutes—or more than eight years one person's time, working 40 pours a week. "Then there is the cost"~of typing Ihe manuscripts. There are gen- Jrally three of these and they cost • 15.000 apiece to type." iThls Is the way the Barnharl I'ew assembles n dictionary: |The boss does much of the work : the common vocabulary, using ^complicated system of semantic mts and chocks, 'or the big Job of selecting the |ht technical words, he reads I hours a day. A corps of read- t reads all year, every year, words they select and their nitions are written on slips] i go Into an alphabetical file, slips arc divided among a j of editors. Each editor •> his list against such question' many newspapers CO ind magazines use them?" and "How important has 'the term be- :ome?" He decides which ones meet the test nnd writes it finished definition. If there is nny question. Barnhart has the final word. Common and technical words then are assembled in one list and typed by a corps of housewife typists living between here and Chicago. The list goes back to the editors, who read it all, make corrections and cut. It then goes to Barnhart for complete reading nnci .editing. The second typing Incorporates changes. The third is generally tlie final manuscript. After three to five years of work the new book Is ready for the market. Old Law Found, "Pulling 1 Stopped YUKON, OMa. (/Pj An old Oklahoma law making it a crime for a patient to pull a dentist's tooth was discovered yesterday—and just in time. 'Dr. David Harris was about to let the highest bidder do the thing everyone has thought of at-one time or another—give the dentist a taste of his own medicine. He would have .allowed the bidder to yank his ail- Ing, wisdom tooth—for charity. . He was saved from the ordeal— the result of » rash Clirtainias promise—when someone dusted off the old statute. BLYTHEVIU.E (ARK.) COURIER NEWS VW»v Us ^mff" oi^U' j£&jit'ft&^*>*r vL Nj •^ [U __ n . 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