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Jesse Sheidlower (born August 5, 1968)[1] is an author and editor specializing in English and lexicography. From 1999 until 2005 he was Principal North American Editor at the Oxford English Dictionary; then he was editor-at-large focusing on North American usage.[2] He left the OED in 2013.


Sheidlower received an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Chicago.[3]

Although not a computer programmer by training, Sheidlower introduced Perl to the North American offices of Oxford University Press and developed tools for data manipulation when no programmers were available.[4] He is also one of the core developers of Catalyst, a popular Perl web development framework.


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