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The Resource Word by word : the secret life of dictionaries, Kory Stamper

Word by word : the secret life of dictionaries, Kory Stamper

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Word by word : the secret life of dictionaries
Title
Word by word
Title remainder
the secret life of dictionaries
Statement of responsibility
Kory Stamper
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
413.028
Index
index present
LC call number
P327
LC item number
.S695 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Word by word : the secret life of dictionaries, Kory Stamper
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-280) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Hrafnkell: on falling in love -- But: on grammar -- It's: on "grammar" -- Irregardless: on wrong words -- Corpus: on collecting the bones -- Surfboard: on defining -- Pragmatic: on examples -- Take: on small words -- Bitch: on bad words -- Posh: on etymology and linguistic originalism -- American dream: on dates -- Nuclear: on pronunciation -- Marriage: on authority and the dictionary -- Epilogue: the damnedest thing
Control code
ocn956775014
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 296 pages
Isbn
9781101870945
Lccn
2016024253
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)956775014
Label
Word by word : the secret life of dictionaries, Kory Stamper
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-280) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Hrafnkell: on falling in love -- But: on grammar -- It's: on "grammar" -- Irregardless: on wrong words -- Corpus: on collecting the bones -- Surfboard: on defining -- Pragmatic: on examples -- Take: on small words -- Bitch: on bad words -- Posh: on etymology and linguistic originalism -- American dream: on dates -- Nuclear: on pronunciation -- Marriage: on authority and the dictionary -- Epilogue: the damnedest thing
Control code
ocn956775014
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 296 pages
Isbn
9781101870945
Lccn
2016024253
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)956775014

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