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  • One of my choral directors, a German, used to say when we did something awful to Bach: that sort of singing is absolutely
    INBELIEVABLE, beyond speech, and way beyond unbelievable!

    Surprised to see that iatrogenic came in only last year as we in mental health have been using it forever.

    Regards,

    Redmond O’Hanlon.

  • Thanks for that observation Redmond. I don’t know if INBELIEVABLE will catch on, but it’s very expressive.
    With regard to iatrogenic: Macmillan Dictionary started life as a print dictionary for learners and with space severely limited we had to make some hard choices about the types of words to include. The emphasis then as now was on helping learners with the core vocabulary of English. One of the joys of going electronic is that we are now able to include all the words we want, including technical and specialist vocabulary. Our Open Dictionary contributors are very good at plugging some of the gaps.