Free Read [Memoir Book] ☆ Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries - by Kory Stamper ↠


  • Title: Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
  • Author: Kory Stamper
  • ISBN: 9781101870945
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Hardcover

  • 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 crDo 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 cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography, from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it, to the knotty questions of usage in an ever changing language She explains why small words are the most difficult to define, how it can take nine months to define a single word, and how our biases about language and pronunciation can have tremendous social influence And along the way, she reveals little known surprises for example, the fact that OMG was first used in a letter to Winston Churchill in 1917.Word by Word brings to life the hallowed halls and highly idiosyncratic cubicles of Merriam Webster, a startlingly rich world inhabited by quirky and erudite individuals who quietly shape the way we communicate.
    Kory Stamper
    Kory Stamper is a lexicographer that is, a writer and editor of dictionaries at Merriam Webster the dictionary She has written and appeared in the Ask the Editor video series at Merriam Webster, and has traveled around the world giving talks and lectures on language and lexicography Her writing has appeared in a number of publications, including The Washington Post, The Guardian and The New York Times A medievalist by training, she knows a number of languages, most of them dead She drinks coffee and owns dictionaries than is good for anyone.


    Commentaires:

    Hannah Greendale
    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 quiet, anti-social compilers of dictionaries – are, presumably, a thing of the past. Not so, proclaims Kory Stamper, longstanding lexicographer for Merriam-Webster. In this rousing debut that unveils the complicated craf [...]

    Snotchocheez
    4 starsThis totally satisfied my inner "word-nerd". Lexicographer/Merriam-Webster Dictionary-writer (and blogger/vlogger) Kory Stamper provides, withWord 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 might indicate.

    Carlos
    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 to her job as editor of one of the most know dictionaries out here . If you consider yourself a logophile , then this book is definitely for you. Not the most exciting one but full of a minutiae of information tha [...]

    Jessica
    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 definitions and example phrases--mindful to avoid personal bias. She gets into the differences between lexicographers' and grammarians' views on the English language and examines how words evolve over time and across d [...]

    Jill Hutchinson
    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 that they had which might help them in editing the dictionary; they listen to the conversation of others to find clues as to how English is being used; they read about new sciences that may bring a new word to the l [...]

    Terri Jacobson
    I love English--words, language, grammar, all that good stuff--so I was delighted to find this book by Kory Stamper. Stamper is a lexicologist: she writes word definitions for Merriam-Webster. I found the process she describes, and her insights along the way, endlessly fascinating.Stamper's background is Old English and Medieval Studies. She loves English, this "wild, vibrant whore of a language." I love the following paragraph:We think of English as a fortress to be defended, but a better analo [...]

    Suzze Tiernan
    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-Webster, it's an ode to words, definitions, and pronunciations. I love the acknowledgements, written as definitions.

    Louise
    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 believe that dictionaries are a source for “regulating” language and would be surprised to know that their role is to describe how language is used. Most surely will not know how a publisher decides when a new wor [...]

    Joe Gaspard
    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 fortress to be defended, but a better analogy is to think of English as a child. We love and nurture it into being, and once it gains gross motor skills, it starts going exactly where we don’t want it t [...]

    Andy
    fascinatingadjective | fas·ci·nat·ing | \ˈfas-ˌnā-tiŋ, ˈfa-sə-ˌnā-\Definition of fascinating: extremely interesting or charming : captivating a fascinating documentary gave a fascinating account of the expeditionThat just about sums the whole book up. Interesting and very charming.

    Bruna Miranda
    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 parecer a coisa mais estranha da Terra.

    Carolyn
    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.

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

    Sara
    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.

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    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 carefully investigate and define words, to search out just the right way to explain wards, to figure out how to pronounce wordsif you are a person who loves to think about all the nuances associated with wordsif you li [...]

    Kim Clifton
    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 terms of my actual interest in reading paragraphs full of citations or pronunciations. I enjoyed the parts that felt most like a memoir-- Stamper explaining how she got her job and Merriam-Webster or telling anecdotes [...]

    Annie
    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 in totally new ways (I will never look at “the” the same way again), this book covers it all while managing to stay down-to-earth.For instance: joke is on grammar snobs, because “it’s” was the original proper [...]

    Ryan
    I wish I'd been a lexocologist

    Matty-Swytla
    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, it was some people demanding certain explanations to be changed or erased to further their own political goals, which I'm allergic to. It strikes me as an inherently communist thing to do (even if it is based on rel [...]

    Emily
    I love this book so much I'd marry it, or at least I feel the need to proselytize everyone I meet about the joys of "this dictionary book I just read." It was so much fun to read, and I keep finding myself relating things I learned from it to other people. I also recommend it to the book club, so here's hoping I get to read it again later.Should this come with a disclaimer? My husband and I love A Way with Words and have spent many hours enjoying those weird and delightful regional variations th [...]

    Sara
    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, pronunciation, vulgar words, new words, very old words, and words that many people think should not be in the dictionary. It's surprising to me how many people write in and complain to these editors about [...]

    Sasha Tagger
    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 never encountered before, while they contribute nothing to clarity or style, just showing up

    Erica
    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

    Mal Warwick
    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 readers. If you're a curious sort, you might wonder how all the words and definitions find their way into the pages of those dictionaries. Well, wonder no more! The lexicographer Kory Stamper of Merriam-Webster, In [...]

    Michelle
    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. Unfortunately I also found this book very hard to read. Overall I was quite disappointed with the quality of the writing. I felt like the book was very poorly organized, repetitive, and wordy. I also didn't care for th [...]

    Mycala
    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 out sort of the opposite is correct, which scares me a bit because so many people seem to have trouble with the difference between "loose" and "lose." Basically, every so often the lexicographers look for new uses [...]

    anna
    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 entire book is devoted to words and their definitions and the work of editing those definitions including, but not limited to: a whole chapter on editing the definition of "take," an examination of the evolution o [...]

    Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    This look behind the scenes on the development and publication of dictionaries was surprisingly engaging. This is not only about dictionaries, though. It's also a look at the English language, its past and its on-going evolution. The author uses humor and a no-nonsense approach to describe the fun and the struggles she experienced working for Merriam-Webster.

    Susan
    Thoughts:1. I want to be a lexicographer when I grow up.2. I love words. This book loves words. Therefore, I love this book.3. I didn't choose the dictionary life. The dictionary life chose me. 4. This book is hella bitchin'.5. Irregardless is still not a word.

    Kevin
    Not as exciting as Winchester's "The Professor and the Madman", but a lot more relevant to modern day dictionaries. I'm a sucker for just about any book about books and words are the building blocks of books. Well worth a read.

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