Mad Men Ruined


Has Matthew Weiner just given up altogether? Lexicographer Ben Zimmer noticed yesterday that on Sunday's episode of Mad Men, sitting on a shelf behind Sterling Cooper's CFO Lane Pryce was the three-volume edition of The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, which, as everyone knows, was first published in 1987 — 24 years after the show's current season supposedly takes place. Explaining the egregious anachronism on his fake Twitter feed, Pryce says, "Regarding my office library, I was asked to hold on to those books by a nervous young man named McFly." [Visual Thesaurus via Shelf Life/EW]