Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Kory Stamper (Author)
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Price: $26.95  $24.26
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Published Date: March 14, 2017
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 5.7 X 1.3 X 8.4 inches | 1.05 pounds
ISBN: 9781101870945
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About the Author

KORY STAMPER is a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster, where she also writes, edits, and appears in the "Ask the Editor" video series. She blogs regularly on language and lexicography at www.korystamper.com, and her writing has appeared in The Guardian and The New York Times, and on Slate.com.


"As a writer, Kory Stamper can do anything with words: define them, split them, lump them, agglute them, and make them work for her every bit as ferociously and precisely as she works for them in her day job as a far from mild-mannered lexicographer at Merriam-Webster. You will never take a dictionary entry for granted again." --Mary Norris, bestselling author of Between You & Me

"A love letter to letters themselves... A cheerful and thoughtful rebuke of the cult of the grammar scolds. Stamper [is] a wry and charming correspondent. Word by Word is, like a dictionary itself, a composite affair: It's a memoir that is also an explanation of the work that writing a dictionary entails." --Megan Garber, The Atlantic

"An unlikely page-turner...Stamper displays a contagious enthusiasm for words...Illuminating." --The New Yorker

"Delightful... Informed, irreverent and witty...A gloriously (occasionally even uproariously) well written book, and unsurprisingly erudite. Do read [Word by Word]." --Stevie Godson, New York Journal of Books