Start by marking “Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries” as Want to Read: Not so, proclaims Kory Stamper, longstanding lexicographer for Merriam-Webster. Lexicographer/Merriam-Webster Dictionary-writer (and blogger/vlogger) Kory Stamper provides, with Word by Word, a. We think of English as a fortress to be defended, but a better analogy is to think of English as a child. We love and nurture it into being, and. narebiglamix.ml: Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries (): Kory Stamper: Books.

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Do you have strong feelings about the word “irregardless”? this vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made is a must-read for word mavens. Word. I WROTE THIS BOOK AND YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY download IT , IT IS GREAT!. The lexicographer Kory Stamper's new book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, is an eloquent defense of a “live and let live”. Dictionaries occupy a unique cultural space straddling invisibility and authority. Those of us with a keen interest in words, be it professional.

Hell—not all jargon sense 1 is even all that technical! If you like a sport, have a job, go to school, have a hobby, or watch TV, then you know and use jargon.

Merriam-Webster editor on her new book — and why dictionaries matter

Your whole life is marked by jargon of one sort or another, so stop getting your knickers in a knot over it. If English is a swift moving river, then a dictionary is a cup of water scooped from that river: static, small, hopefully a good representative sample of that river, but not the river.

There are lots of reasons why a word might not be entered into a dictionary. First, what do we consider discrete words? Is every inflection of a word a different word than the root?

What about words that no longer exist? What about initialisms and abbreviations?

Are these all discrete words? Incidentally, this goat rodeo is also why people who tell you that English has however many hundred-thousands words in it are full of bullshit which can be one word or two words, depending on how you reckon. Every professionally edited dictionary has criteria for entry—generally speaking, widespread use in printed prose for a sustained period of time—and many words never meet that criteria.

Kory Stamper is a lexicographer who spent almost two decades writing dictionaries at Merriam-Webster.

A cheerful and thoughtful rebuke of the cult of the grammar scolds. Stamper leads us through her own lexicographical bildungsroman, exploring how she fell in love with words and showing us how the dictionary works, and how it interacts with the world that it strives to reflect.

Book review: ‘Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries’ by Kory Stamper

You will never take a dictionary entry for granted again. Stamper displays a contagious enthusiasm for words and a considerable talent for putting them together.

Where do our words come from? How and why do their meanings change year to year, century to century?

An exuberant mash note to language. Part memoir, part workplace chronicle and part history lesson. A paean to the craft of lexicography.

By turns amusing, frustrating, surprising, and above all, engrossing. It is perhaps unsurprising, given her line of work, that Stamper employs words with delightful precision in her writing. Join Reader Rewards and earn your way to a free book!

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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here:The scolds are offering top-down rebukes about a language that changes from the bottom up. Nov 12, thefourthvine rated it it was amazing Shelves: View 2 comments.

Here's a great paragraph from Stamper's book - If you like the paragraph, I'm betting you will like the book: For those who love language, this debut from Stamper, a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster, will be a delectable feast.

My husband and I love A Way with Words and have spent many hours enjoying those weird and delightful regional variations th I love this book so much I'd marry it, or at least I feel the need to proselytize everyone I meet about the joys of "this dictionary book I just read. Meaningful units of these sounds, signs, or written characters are often what we would consider to be words.