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 Do you have strong feelings about the word "irregardless"? Have you ever tried to define the word "is"? This account ...

DownloadRead Online
Title:Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
Author:Kory Stamper
Rating:
Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
ISBN
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

    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...

    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...

  • 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 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 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...

    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...

  • 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 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...

    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...

  • 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 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...

    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...

  • 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...