Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries by Kory Stamper
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Overview: HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO DEFINE the word “is”? Do you have strong feelings about the word “irregardless”? Brimming with intelligence and personality, this vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made is a must-read for 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.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs