Lillian Virginia Mountweazel never existed, so why is she in my encyclopedia?

“It was an old tradition in encyclopedias to put in a fake entry to protect your copyright,” said Richard Steins, an encyclopedia editor. “If someone copied Lillian, then we’d know they’d stolen from us.”

So what entry in the New Oxford American Dictionary was made-up?

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  1. Lillian Virginia MountweazelJuly 26, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    I think (therefore) I exist.

    Lillian Virginia Mountweazel

    P.S. Thanks for publishing this lovely high school graduation photo of myself.

  2. Your high school yearbook was hard to find.

  3. Lillian Virginia MountweazelMarch 30, 2011 at 2:03 AM

    Rumor has it that my yearbook is nothing but a fake copy...


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