Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries Author Kory Stamper
ISBN-10 110187094X
ISBN-13 9781101870945
Year 2017-03-14
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Pantheon
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Do you have strong feelings about the word irregardless Have you ever tried to definethe word is Brimming with intelligence and personality this vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made is a must read for word mavens Many of us take dictionaries for granted and few may realize that the process of writing dictionaries is in fact as lively and dynamic as language itself With sharp wit and irreverence Kory Stamper cracks open the complex obsessive world of lexicography from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it to the knotty questions of usage in an ever changing language She explains why small words are the most difficult to define how it can take nine months to define a single word and how our biases about language and pronunciation can have tremendous social influence And along the way she reveals little known surprisesfor example the fact that OMG was first used in a letter to Winston Churchill in 1917 Word by Word brings to life the hallowed halls and highly idiosyncratic cubicles of Merriam Webster a startlingly rich world inhabited by quirky and erudite individuals who quietly shape the way we communicate Certain to be a delight for all lovers of words Stampers debut will make you laugh as much as it makes you appreciate the wonderful complexities and eccentricities of the English language

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Word by Word

Word by Word Author Kory Stamper
ISBN-10 9781101870952
Release 2017-03-14
Pages 336

Word by Word

Word by Word Author Kory Stamper
ISBN-10 9781101870945
Release 2017-03-14
Pages 320

The Word Detective

The Word Detective Author John Simpson
ISBN-10 9781408706596
Release 2016-10-13
Pages 384