Humanities

Word by Word by Kory Stamper

Word by Word by Kory Stamper

Autobiography, Humanities, Language, Memoir, Nonfiction, Writing
Word by Word by Kory Stamper eBook DownloadBrimming 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 the agonizing decisions about what and how to define, to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language. She explains why small words are the most difficult to define (have you ever tried to define is ?), how it can take nine months to define a single word, and how our biases about language and pronunciation can have tremendous social influence. Throughout, S...