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Author Stamper, Kory, author narrator.

Title Word by word [Overdrive electronic resource] : the secret life of dictionaries / Kory Stamper.

Publication Info. New York : Pantheon Books, [2017]
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Note Electronic audio file.
Performer Read by Kory Stamper.
Summary "Brimming with intelligence and personality, a vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made - a must read for word mavens. Have you ever tried to define the word "is?" Do you have strong feelings about the word (and, yes, it is a word) "irregardless?" Did you know that OMG was first used in 1917, in a letter to Winston Churchill? These are the questions that keep lexicographers up at night. While most of us might take dictionaries for granted, 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 and how to define, to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language. She explains why the 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. Throughout Stamper brings to life the hallowed halls (and highly idiosyncratic cubicles) of Merriam-Webster, a surprisingly rich world inhabited by quirky and erudite individuals who quietly shape the way we communicate. A sure delight for all lovers of words, Harmless Drudges will also improve readers' grasp and use of the English language"-- Provided by publisher.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. New York Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group 2017 Available via World Wide Web.
Subject Lexicography -- History. -- Sound recordings.
Encyclopedias and dictionaries -- History and criticism. -- Sound recordings.
Lexicographers -- Biography. -- Sound recordings.
Genre Electronic audio books.
Added Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Other Form: Online version: Stamper, Kory, author. Word by word New York : Pantheon Books, [2017] 9781101870952 (DLC) 2016037824
ISBN 9781524776169 (electronic audio bk.)
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