Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Brimming with intelligence and personality, a vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made a must read for word mavens. While most of us might take dictionaries for granted, the process of writing them 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 Brimming with intelligence and personality, a vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made a must read for...

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Title:Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
Author:Kory Stamper
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Number of Pages:296 pages pages

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries Reviews

  • Suzze Tiernan
    Mar 10, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

  • Ryan
    Dec 07, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds. ...

    Surprisingly moving, both for its unabashed love of words and language and for its description about how fraught words can be - politically, sexually, racially, socially. This book about how dictionaries are made, made me have the feels. ...

    An incredibly thorough and fascinating look at the process of writing a dictionary, and a defense of the dictionary's job as a recorder of usage instead of a prescriber. I gave it five stars in appreciation for the intensive research that went into creating this, but four stars in term...

    Kory Stamper's book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, lets me in on all the dirty little secrets of dictionary-making (a lot like making sausages, it turns out). Stamper reminds me of just how much fun people have with language, and how deeply we as readers are delighted ...

    A fun, informative, surprisingly unpretentious book. The author is very likeable and the material is nerdy as hell- but let?s face it, if you?re an active Goodreader, it?s a given you?re a nerd. From interesting borrowed words (?sprachgefuhl?) to seeing familiar words i...

    I wish I'd been a lexocologist... ...

  • Jessica
    Jul 07, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

  • Mycala
    Jul 20, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds. ...

    Surprisingly moving, both for its unabashed love of words and language and for its description about how fraught words can be - politically, sexually, racially, socially. This book about how dictionaries are made, made me have the feels. ...

    An incredibly thorough and fascinating look at the process of writing a dictionary, and a defense of the dictionary's job as a recorder of usage instead of a prescriber. I gave it five stars in appreciation for the intensive research that went into creating this, but four stars in term...

    Kory Stamper's book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, lets me in on all the dirty little secrets of dictionary-making (a lot like making sausages, it turns out). Stamper reminds me of just how much fun people have with language, and how deeply we as readers are delighted ...

    A fun, informative, surprisingly unpretentious book. The author is very likeable and the material is nerdy as hell- but let?s face it, if you?re an active Goodreader, it?s a given you?re a nerd. From interesting borrowed words (?sprachgefuhl?) to seeing familiar words i...

    I wish I'd been a lexocologist... ...

    I love reading about languages, their development, etymology etc. (I speak and read freely five languages, and understand more or less a few others). But this book is too wordy and rather boring. I gave up after the first 100 pages. Also, she uses too many rare or regional words I've n...

    This is an excellent book for introducing lexicography and dictionaries in general to a wider public. I had lots of fun reading it, even though I wasn't a great fan of the social justice elements that naturally got dragged in at some point, even from the author's side. Mostly though, i...

    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 bo...

    Who reads books about how dictionaries are made? Nerds. Nerds like me. Being a nerd, I found this book to be very interesting and informative. It had a good mix of information about the dictionary business, language usage, word origin, and the history of language and dictionaries. Unfo...

    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 ...

    When you think of dictionaries, chances are good the ones that would come to mind are the Merriam-Webster Collegiate and the Oxford English Dictionary (as well as whatever comes up online). Did I get that right? Certainly, those are the two most commonly consulted by educated American ...

    Boy, did I learn a lot from this book! For some reason it hadn't occurred to me that dictionaries were living, evolving books. I always thought of them as a dusty tome that you went to in order to set someone straight that they were using a word incorrectly or spelling it wrong. Turns ...

  • Sara
    Mar 27, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds. ...

    Surprisingly moving, both for its unabashed love of words and language and for its description about how fraught words can be - politically, sexually, racially, socially. This book about how dictionaries are made, made me have the feels. ...

    An incredibly thorough and fascinating look at the process of writing a dictionary, and a defense of the dictionary's job as a recorder of usage instead of a prescriber. I gave it five stars in appreciation for the intensive research that went into creating this, but four stars in term...

    Kory Stamper's book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, lets me in on all the dirty little secrets of dictionary-making (a lot like making sausages, it turns out). Stamper reminds me of just how much fun people have with language, and how deeply we as readers are delighted ...

    A fun, informative, surprisingly unpretentious book. The author is very likeable and the material is nerdy as hell- but let?s face it, if you?re an active Goodreader, it?s a given you?re a nerd. From interesting borrowed words (?sprachgefuhl?) to seeing familiar words i...

    I wish I'd been a lexocologist... ...

    I love reading about languages, their development, etymology etc. (I speak and read freely five languages, and understand more or less a few others). But this book is too wordy and rather boring. I gave up after the first 100 pages. Also, she uses too many rare or regional words I've n...

    This is an excellent book for introducing lexicography and dictionaries in general to a wider public. I had lots of fun reading it, even though I wasn't a great fan of the social justice elements that naturally got dragged in at some point, even from the author's side. Mostly though, i...

    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 bo...

    Who reads books about how dictionaries are made? Nerds. Nerds like me. Being a nerd, I found this book to be very interesting and informative. It had a good mix of information about the dictionary business, language usage, word origin, and the history of language and dictionaries. Unfo...

    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 ...

  • Susan Albert
    Mar 12, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds. ...

    Surprisingly moving, both for its unabashed love of words and language and for its description about how fraught words can be - politically, sexually, racially, socially. This book about how dictionaries are made, made me have the feels. ...

    An incredibly thorough and fascinating look at the process of writing a dictionary, and a defense of the dictionary's job as a recorder of usage instead of a prescriber. I gave it five stars in appreciation for the intensive research that went into creating this, but four stars in term...

    Kory Stamper's book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, lets me in on all the dirty little secrets of dictionary-making (a lot like making sausages, it turns out). Stamper reminds me of just how much fun people have with language, and how deeply we as readers are delighted ...

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Jul 17, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

  • Carlos
    May 26, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

  • Snotchocheez
    Apr 03, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

  • Jill Hutchinson
    Jan 18, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

  • Mal Warwick
    Jun 20, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds. ...

    Surprisingly moving, both for its unabashed love of words and language and for its description about how fraught words can be - politically, sexually, racially, socially. This book about how dictionaries are made, made me have the feels. ...

    An incredibly thorough and fascinating look at the process of writing a dictionary, and a defense of the dictionary's job as a recorder of usage instead of a prescriber. I gave it five stars in appreciation for the intensive research that went into creating this, but four stars in term...

    Kory Stamper's book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, lets me in on all the dirty little secrets of dictionary-making (a lot like making sausages, it turns out). Stamper reminds me of just how much fun people have with language, and how deeply we as readers are delighted ...

    A fun, informative, surprisingly unpretentious book. The author is very likeable and the material is nerdy as hell- but let?s face it, if you?re an active Goodreader, it?s a given you?re a nerd. From interesting borrowed words (?sprachgefuhl?) to seeing familiar words i...

    I wish I'd been a lexocologist... ...

    I love reading about languages, their development, etymology etc. (I speak and read freely five languages, and understand more or less a few others). But this book is too wordy and rather boring. I gave up after the first 100 pages. Also, she uses too many rare or regional words I've n...

    This is an excellent book for introducing lexicography and dictionaries in general to a wider public. I had lots of fun reading it, even though I wasn't a great fan of the social justice elements that naturally got dragged in at some point, even from the author's side. Mostly though, i...

    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 bo...

    Who reads books about how dictionaries are made? Nerds. Nerds like me. Being a nerd, I found this book to be very interesting and informative. It had a good mix of information about the dictionary business, language usage, word origin, and the history of language and dictionaries. Unfo...

    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 ...

    When you think of dictionaries, chances are good the ones that would come to mind are the Merriam-Webster Collegiate and the Oxford English Dictionary (as well as whatever comes up online). Did I get that right? Certainly, those are the two most commonly consulted by educated American ...

  • anna
    Jul 20, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds. ...

    Surprisingly moving, both for its unabashed love of words and language and for its description about how fraught words can be - politically, sexually, racially, socially. This book about how dictionaries are made, made me have the feels. ...

    An incredibly thorough and fascinating look at the process of writing a dictionary, and a defense of the dictionary's job as a recorder of usage instead of a prescriber. I gave it five stars in appreciation for the intensive research that went into creating this, but four stars in term...

    Kory Stamper's book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, lets me in on all the dirty little secrets of dictionary-making (a lot like making sausages, it turns out). Stamper reminds me of just how much fun people have with language, and how deeply we as readers are delighted ...

    A fun, informative, surprisingly unpretentious book. The author is very likeable and the material is nerdy as hell- but let?s face it, if you?re an active Goodreader, it?s a given you?re a nerd. From interesting borrowed words (?sprachgefuhl?) to seeing familiar words i...

    I wish I'd been a lexocologist... ...

    I love reading about languages, their development, etymology etc. (I speak and read freely five languages, and understand more or less a few others). But this book is too wordy and rather boring. I gave up after the first 100 pages. Also, she uses too many rare or regional words I've n...

    This is an excellent book for introducing lexicography and dictionaries in general to a wider public. I had lots of fun reading it, even though I wasn't a great fan of the social justice elements that naturally got dragged in at some point, even from the author's side. Mostly though, i...

    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 bo...

    Who reads books about how dictionaries are made? Nerds. Nerds like me. Being a nerd, I found this book to be very interesting and informative. It had a good mix of information about the dictionary business, language usage, word origin, and the history of language and dictionaries. Unfo...

    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 ...

    When you think of dictionaries, chances are good the ones that would come to mind are the Merriam-Webster Collegiate and the Oxford English Dictionary (as well as whatever comes up online). Did I get that right? Certainly, those are the two most commonly consulted by educated American ...

    Boy, did I learn a lot from this book! For some reason it hadn't occurred to me that dictionaries were living, evolving books. I always thought of them as a dusty tome that you went to in order to set someone straight that they were using a word incorrectly or spelling it wrong. Turns ...

    I'm known to mention, dismissively, in book reviews that a certain book just isn't for me, I'm not the target audience, and perhaps (as an outsider to the intended audience) I just don't get it. Here, I have finally found the book that I am solidly, exactly, the intended audience. This...

  • Sara
    Aug 01, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds. ...

    Surprisingly moving, both for its unabashed love of words and language and for its description about how fraught words can be - politically, sexually, racially, socially. This book about how dictionaries are made, made me have the feels. ...

  • Karen
    Dec 08, 2016

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds. ...

  • Bruna Miranda
    Sep 01, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

  • Nurlan Imangaliyev
    Nov 04, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds. ...

    Surprisingly moving, both for its unabashed love of words and language and for its description about how fraught words can be - politically, sexually, racially, socially. This book about how dictionaries are made, made me have the feels. ...

    An incredibly thorough and fascinating look at the process of writing a dictionary, and a defense of the dictionary's job as a recorder of usage instead of a prescriber. I gave it five stars in appreciation for the intensive research that went into creating this, but four stars in term...

    Kory Stamper's book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, lets me in on all the dirty little secrets of dictionary-making (a lot like making sausages, it turns out). Stamper reminds me of just how much fun people have with language, and how deeply we as readers are delighted ...

    A fun, informative, surprisingly unpretentious book. The author is very likeable and the material is nerdy as hell- but let?s face it, if you?re an active Goodreader, it?s a given you?re a nerd. From interesting borrowed words (?sprachgefuhl?) to seeing familiar words i...

    I wish I'd been a lexocologist... ...

    I love reading about languages, their development, etymology etc. (I speak and read freely five languages, and understand more or less a few others). But this book is too wordy and rather boring. I gave up after the first 100 pages. Also, she uses too many rare or regional words I've n...

    This is an excellent book for introducing lexicography and dictionaries in general to a wider public. I had lots of fun reading it, even though I wasn't a great fan of the social justice elements that naturally got dragged in at some point, even from the author's side. Mostly though, i...

    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 bo...

    Who reads books about how dictionaries are made? Nerds. Nerds like me. Being a nerd, I found this book to be very interesting and informative. It had a good mix of information about the dictionary business, language usage, word origin, and the history of language and dictionaries. Unfo...

    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 ...

    When you think of dictionaries, chances are good the ones that would come to mind are the Merriam-Webster Collegiate and the Oxford English Dictionary (as well as whatever comes up online). Did I get that right? Certainly, those are the two most commonly consulted by educated American ...

    Boy, did I learn a lot from this book! For some reason it hadn't occurred to me that dictionaries were living, evolving books. I always thought of them as a dusty tome that you went to in order to set someone straight that they were using a word incorrectly or spelling it wrong. Turns ...

    I'm known to mention, dismissively, in book reviews that a certain book just isn't for me, I'm not the target audience, and perhaps (as an outsider to the intended audience) I just don't get it. Here, I have finally found the book that I am solidly, exactly, the intended audience. This...

    "You don't find a great book, a great book finds you" Looking up a word is never going to be the same after I've read this book. Kory Stamper produced a lexicographical masterpiece, pleasure to read, both serious and hilarious at the same time. Never ever have I thought that reading...

  • Terri Jacobson
    May 14, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

  • Louise
    Sep 28, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

  • Michelle
    May 20, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds. ...

    Surprisingly moving, both for its unabashed love of words and language and for its description about how fraught words can be - politically, sexually, racially, socially. This book about how dictionaries are made, made me have the feels. ...

    An incredibly thorough and fascinating look at the process of writing a dictionary, and a defense of the dictionary's job as a recorder of usage instead of a prescriber. I gave it five stars in appreciation for the intensive research that went into creating this, but four stars in term...

    Kory Stamper's book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, lets me in on all the dirty little secrets of dictionary-making (a lot like making sausages, it turns out). Stamper reminds me of just how much fun people have with language, and how deeply we as readers are delighted ...

    A fun, informative, surprisingly unpretentious book. The author is very likeable and the material is nerdy as hell- but let?s face it, if you?re an active Goodreader, it?s a given you?re a nerd. From interesting borrowed words (?sprachgefuhl?) to seeing familiar words i...

    I wish I'd been a lexocologist... ...

    I love reading about languages, their development, etymology etc. (I speak and read freely five languages, and understand more or less a few others). But this book is too wordy and rather boring. I gave up after the first 100 pages. Also, she uses too many rare or regional words I've n...

    This is an excellent book for introducing lexicography and dictionaries in general to a wider public. I had lots of fun reading it, even though I wasn't a great fan of the social justice elements that naturally got dragged in at some point, even from the author's side. Mostly though, i...

    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 bo...

    Who reads books about how dictionaries are made? Nerds. Nerds like me. Being a nerd, I found this book to be very interesting and informative. It had a good mix of information about the dictionary business, language usage, word origin, and the history of language and dictionaries. Unfo...

  • Emily
    May 08, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds. ...

    Surprisingly moving, both for its unabashed love of words and language and for its description about how fraught words can be - politically, sexually, racially, socially. This book about how dictionaries are made, made me have the feels. ...

    An incredibly thorough and fascinating look at the process of writing a dictionary, and a defense of the dictionary's job as a recorder of usage instead of a prescriber. I gave it five stars in appreciation for the intensive research that went into creating this, but four stars in term...

    Kory Stamper's book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, lets me in on all the dirty little secrets of dictionary-making (a lot like making sausages, it turns out). Stamper reminds me of just how much fun people have with language, and how deeply we as readers are delighted ...

    A fun, informative, surprisingly unpretentious book. The author is very likeable and the material is nerdy as hell- but let?s face it, if you?re an active Goodreader, it?s a given you?re a nerd. From interesting borrowed words (?sprachgefuhl?) to seeing familiar words i...

    I wish I'd been a lexocologist... ...

    I love reading about languages, their development, etymology etc. (I speak and read freely five languages, and understand more or less a few others). But this book is too wordy and rather boring. I gave up after the first 100 pages. Also, she uses too many rare or regional words I've n...

    This is an excellent book for introducing lexicography and dictionaries in general to a wider public. I had lots of fun reading it, even though I wasn't a great fan of the social justice elements that naturally got dragged in at some point, even from the author's side. Mostly though, i...

    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 bo...

  • Anne ✨
    Apr 01, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

  • Sasha Tagger
    Apr 30, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds. ...

    Surprisingly moving, both for its unabashed love of words and language and for its description about how fraught words can be - politically, sexually, racially, socially. This book about how dictionaries are made, made me have the feels. ...

    An incredibly thorough and fascinating look at the process of writing a dictionary, and a defense of the dictionary's job as a recorder of usage instead of a prescriber. I gave it five stars in appreciation for the intensive research that went into creating this, but four stars in term...

    Kory Stamper's book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, lets me in on all the dirty little secrets of dictionary-making (a lot like making sausages, it turns out). Stamper reminds me of just how much fun people have with language, and how deeply we as readers are delighted ...

    A fun, informative, surprisingly unpretentious book. The author is very likeable and the material is nerdy as hell- but let?s face it, if you?re an active Goodreader, it?s a given you?re a nerd. From interesting borrowed words (?sprachgefuhl?) to seeing familiar words i...

    I wish I'd been a lexocologist... ...

    I love reading about languages, their development, etymology etc. (I speak and read freely five languages, and understand more or less a few others). But this book is too wordy and rather boring. I gave up after the first 100 pages. Also, she uses too many rare or regional words I've n...

  • Matty-Swytla
    Jul 08, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds. ...

    Surprisingly moving, both for its unabashed love of words and language and for its description about how fraught words can be - politically, sexually, racially, socially. This book about how dictionaries are made, made me have the feels. ...

    An incredibly thorough and fascinating look at the process of writing a dictionary, and a defense of the dictionary's job as a recorder of usage instead of a prescriber. I gave it five stars in appreciation for the intensive research that went into creating this, but four stars in term...

    Kory Stamper's book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, lets me in on all the dirty little secrets of dictionary-making (a lot like making sausages, it turns out). Stamper reminds me of just how much fun people have with language, and how deeply we as readers are delighted ...

    A fun, informative, surprisingly unpretentious book. The author is very likeable and the material is nerdy as hell- but let?s face it, if you?re an active Goodreader, it?s a given you?re a nerd. From interesting borrowed words (?sprachgefuhl?) to seeing familiar words i...

    I wish I'd been a lexocologist... ...

    I love reading about languages, their development, etymology etc. (I speak and read freely five languages, and understand more or less a few others). But this book is too wordy and rather boring. I gave up after the first 100 pages. Also, she uses too many rare or regional words I've n...

    This is an excellent book for introducing lexicography and dictionaries in general to a wider public. I had lots of fun reading it, even though I wasn't a great fan of the social justice elements that naturally got dragged in at some point, even from the author's side. Mostly though, i...

  • Carolyn
    Apr 05, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

  • Andy
    May 06, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

  • Toni
    Mar 01, 2018

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

  • Kim Clifton
    Jun 17, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds. ...

    Surprisingly moving, both for its unabashed love of words and language and for its description about how fraught words can be - politically, sexually, racially, socially. This book about how dictionaries are made, made me have the feels. ...

    An incredibly thorough and fascinating look at the process of writing a dictionary, and a defense of the dictionary's job as a recorder of usage instead of a prescriber. I gave it five stars in appreciation for the intensive research that went into creating this, but four stars in term...

  • Joe Gaspard
    Mar 26, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

  • Annie
    Oct 23, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...

    4 stars This 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 th...

    I liked this book a lot, but I do have to admit that it was a dense one and it appeals to a sparse group of people. This book needs to be read slow to be enjoyed in a more satisfying manner . I liked how the author made us feel her love for the English Language and how she applied that...

    This was a fun, fascinating read that gives you some insight into the process of making the Merriam Webster dictionary. Kory Stamper breaks down how decisions are made regarding what goes into the dictionary (it's descriptive, not prescriptive!) as well as how lexicographers write defi...

    I would wager that if you look at a list of the hardest jobs in the world, lexicologist would not be on it?.well, it should be. These dedicated people are insane geniuses whose entire lives are made up of words; they wake up in the middle of the night to jot down a thought or dream t...

    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. ...

    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 a...

    The book you didn't even know you wanted to read! Who would have thought a book about dictionaries and lexicographers could be so completely enjoyable and immensely entertaining! I would not have immediately gravitated to a book like this, imagining that it would be much too dry, and b...

    Kory Stamper takes you inside Merriam Webster to show you how their dictionary is made. You can see how the lexicographers and the company they work for are dedicated to their product. Dictionary users are usually not aware of all that goes into creating these reference works. Many...

    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...

    fascinating adjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \?fas-?n?-ti?, ?fa-s?-?n?-\ Definition of fascinating : extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expedition That just about sums the whole book up. Interesting...

    What a treat The 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. ...

    Provavelmente o livro mais nerd que já li na vida. Fiquei fascinada pelos conflitos em definir palavras, como funciona a produção e atualização de verbetes em dicionários. Muito divertido pra quem realmente curte inglês, palavras e lexicografia. Pra qualquer outra pessoa vai pa...

    I adore this book; more specifically, the audiobook. If Kory Stamper ever needs a side job, she definitely can become a narrator for audio books. I never realized the toil that goes into creating and maintaining a dictionary, whether in print or online. Excellent work lexicographers fr...

    This book is probably not a book for everybody. If you are the type of person who goes for action movies, for example, or loves to watch a good, hard game of football, well, you might just pass this book up. But if you have always secretly thought that it was be a fine, fine job to ...

    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds. ...

    Surprisingly moving, both for its unabashed love of words and language and for its description about how fraught words can be - politically, sexually, racially, socially. This book about how dictionaries are made, made me have the feels. ...

    An incredibly thorough and fascinating look at the process of writing a dictionary, and a defense of the dictionary's job as a recorder of usage instead of a prescriber. I gave it five stars in appreciation for the intensive research that went into creating this, but four stars in term...

    Kory Stamper's book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, lets me in on all the dirty little secrets of dictionary-making (a lot like making sausages, it turns out). Stamper reminds me of just how much fun people have with language, and how deeply we as readers are delighted ...

    A fun, informative, surprisingly unpretentious book. The author is very likeable and the material is nerdy as hell- but let?s face it, if you?re an active Goodreader, it?s a given you?re a nerd. From interesting borrowed words (?sprachgefuhl?) to seeing familiar words i...

  • Hannah Greendale
    May 15, 2017

    Click here to watch a video review of on my BookTube channel, From Beginning to Bookend. 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...