Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Do you have strong feelings about the word "irregardless"? Have you ever tried to define the word "is"? This account of how dictionaries are made is for you word mavens. Many of us take dictionaries for granted, and few may realize that the process of writing dictionaries is, in fact, as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper cr...

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

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries Reviews

  • Suzze Tiernan
    Mar 10, 2017
    When I was in about 6th grade, when my class went to the library, I would take the 6" (or so) thick dictionary off its podium and sit with it, looking for words I didn't know. So, when I saw the advance copy of this book, I HAD to read it. It's just lovely. Written by a lexicographer at Miriam-Webst...
  • Clare Fitzgerald
    Apr 17, 2017
    A few weeks ago, at the ACES conference in St. Petersburg, I had the privilege of being in the audience at the very first reading for Kory Stamper's new book, Word By Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries. I'd followed Kory Stamper on Twitter for a while, even before Merriam-Webster became the unlik...
  • Karen
    Dec 08, 2016
    Two typos and three "snuck"s; otherwise a perfect book for us word nerds....
  • Erica
    Mar 19, 2017
    bad book imo. too many bad dork jokes. could only make it thru the first chapter, skimmed the rest and it was more of the same lame self-deprecating tortured sapiosexual in-jokes. first book i ever returned to someplace other than a library! recommended for people who earnestly say bazinga...
  • Joe Gaspard
    Mar 26, 2017
    If you love dictionaries, you'll love this book. Written by a confirmed Descriptivist who cannot always control a bit of the Prescriptivist still lurking within. Here's a great paragraph from Stamper's book - If you like the paragraph, I'm betting you will like the book:We think of English as a fort...
  • Web Webster
    Mar 30, 2017
    A delight to read a book wherein the author is able to convey her passion for a job that most people don't know about (a lexicographer), and those who do know about it, have it wrong.My highlights:Prescriptivists Be Damned: The dictionary is a record of language as it IS used, not how one person (or...
  • Carolyn
    Apr 05, 2017
    What a treatThe opening is hysterical. There are some slow early chapters but once you get into the book a bit it reads like a love letter to language, culture, hard work, and creativity. I thoroughly enjoyed Word by Word....
  • Evelyn Petschek
    Apr 14, 2017
    Loved this book!! And if you are curious about words, you'll love it too! A potentially dry subject which the author makes laugh out loud funny. If you listen to the audiobook as I did, the extra treat is the author enhances the enjoyment with her wry delivery....
  • Sara
    Mar 27, 2017
    Most avid readers are fascinated by the English language and this book by an editor of Merriam Webster dictionaries is a great read. Not only does she explain the intricacies of definitions but also the difficulty of defining tiny words which have a huge number of uses and talks about grammar, pronu...
  • Snotchocheez
    Apr 03, 2017
    4 starsThis totally satisfied my inner "word-nerd". Lexicographer/Merriam-Webster Dictionary-writer (and blogger/vlogger) Kory Stamper provides, with Word by Word, a humorous and fascinating look at the dying art of dictionary construction. It's not nearly as stuffy and dull as the subject matter m...