Erin McKean

Program Manager, Docs Advocacy, Open Source, Google

Erin McKean does “Docs Advocacy” for open source at Google, working to make it easier to document open source. She’s also the founder of the not-for-profit, the world’s biggest online dictionary. Before founding Wordnik, she was the editor-in-chief of American Dictionaries for Oxford University Press, and before Javascript, she dabbled in HyperCard, Perl, and Omnimark (if you have ever written anything in Omnimark, she will buy you a drink). In addition to writing code, blog posts, and documentation, she’s also the author of the Weird and Wonderful Words books, the best-selling novel The Secret Lives of Dresses, and The Hundred Dresses, a field guide to dresses, and is an honorary fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. She blogs at When you meet her, please tell her your favorite word.

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