Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Do you have strong feelings about the word "irregardless"? Have you ever tried to define the word "is"? This account of how dictionaries are made is for you 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 cr...

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Title:Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
Author:Kory Stamper
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ISBN:110187094X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries Reviews

  • Suzze Tiernan
    Mar 10, 2017
    When I was in about 6th grade, when my class went to the library, I would take the 6" (or so) thick dictionary off its podium and sit with it, looking for words I didn't know. So, when I saw the advance copy of this book, I HAD to read it. It's just lovely. Written by a lexicographer at Miriam-Webst...
  • Karen
    Dec 08, 2016
    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds....
  • Joe Gaspard
    Mar 26, 2017
    If you love dictionaries, you'll love this book. Written by a confirmed Descriptivist who cannot always control a bit of the Prescriptivist still lurking within. Here's a great paragraph from Stamper's book - If you like the paragraph, I'm betting you will like the book:We think of English as a fort...
  • Carolyn
    Apr 05, 2017
    What a treatThe opening is hysterical. There are some slow early chapters but once you get into the book a bit it reads like a love letter to language, culture, hard work, and creativity. I thoroughly enjoyed Word by Word....
  • Sara
    Mar 27, 2017
    Most avid readers are fascinated by the English language and this book by an editor of Merriam Webster dictionaries is a great read. Not only does she explain the intricacies of definitions but also the difficulty of defining tiny words which have a huge number of uses and talks about grammar, pronu...
  • Snotchocheez
    Apr 03, 2017
    4 starsThis totally satisfied my inner "word-nerd". Lexicographer/Merriam-Webster Dictionary-writer (and blogger/vlogger) Kory Stamper provides, with Word by Word, a humorous and fascinating look at the dying art of dictionary construction. It's not nearly as stuffy and dull as the subject matter m...
  • Terri Jacobson
    May 14, 2017
    I love English--words, language, grammar, all that good stuff--so I was delighted to find this book by Kory Stamper. Stamper is a lexicologist: she writes word definitions for Merriam-Webster. I found the process she describes, and her insights along the way, endlessly fascinating.Stamper's backgrou...
  • Andy
    May 06, 2017
    fascinatingadjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \ˈfas-ˌnā-tiŋ, ˈfa-sə-ˌnā-\Definition of fascinating: extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expeditionThat just about sums the whole book up. Interesting and...
  • Emily
    May 08, 2017
    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." It was so much fun to read, and I keep finding myself relating things I learned from it to other people. I also recommend it to the book club, so he...
  • Hannah Greendale
    May 15, 2017
    For many people, the dictionary is a relic once used by grandparents and is now, in its retirement, relegated to the dishonorable position of dust-covered doorstop. Lexicographers – those quiet, anti-social compilers of dictionaries – are, presumably, a thing of the past. Not so, proclaims...