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Word by Word

The Secret Life of Dictionaries

By Kory Stamper
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Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper

Word by Word (2017) is about an object, and its associated profession, for which people rarely spare a thought: dictionaries and the honorable occupation of lexicography. Kory Stamper introduces the fascinating world of word classification through her own experience at Merriam-Webster, showing what dictionaries can do and, just as importantly, what they don’t.

  • Language enthusiasts and linguistics nerds
  • Lovers of English literature
  • Anyone hoping to get a new perspective on underappreciated professions

Kory Stamper works as a lexicographer for Merriam-Webster. She is also a popular blogger whose writing has appeared in the Guardian and the New York Times.

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