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==Review==
 
==Review==
 
===Good===
 
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* The book is enjoyable to read. Stamper has a comfortable writing style and uses a lot of colloquialisms.
 
* Stamper uses a wide array of vocabulary throughout the book. Although, as a lexicographer, it would be criminal if she did not.
 
* Stamper uses a wide array of vocabulary throughout the book. Although, as a lexicographer, it would be criminal if she did not.
* Stamper does a good job explaining the basics of the English language including grammar, word usage, and the various categories we use to describe them.
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* Stamper does a good job explaining the basics of the English language including grammar, word usage, and the various categories we use to describe them. She also neatly explains the job of a lexicographer and how it can be unexpectedly difficult.
* Stamper makes a great case for descriptive rather than prescriptive English.
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* Stamper makes a great case for descriptive rather than prescriptive English and discusses why English is nourished by dialects, especially those viewed as inferior, and points out how the hatred of dialects is often a [[dog-whistle politics|dog whistle]].
* The author discusses why English is nurished by dialects, especially those viewed as inferior, and points out how the hatred of dialects is often a [[dog-whistle politics|dog whistle]].
 
  
 
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Revision as of 17:00, 8 May 2020

Word By Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries is a book about lexicography by Kory Stamper. In it, she describes the process lexicographers use to determine if something is a word, how they classify and group them, and a mini biography of her life and work at Merriam-Webster.

Status

I don't own this book, but I am listening to the audio book.

Review

Good

  • The book is enjoyable to read. Stamper has a comfortable writing style and uses a lot of colloquialisms.
  • Stamper uses a wide array of vocabulary throughout the book. Although, as a lexicographer, it would be criminal if she did not.
  • Stamper does a good job explaining the basics of the English language including grammar, word usage, and the various categories we use to describe them. She also neatly explains the job of a lexicographer and how it can be unexpectedly difficult.
  • Stamper makes a great case for descriptive rather than prescriptive English and discusses why English is nourished by dialects, especially those viewed as inferior, and points out how the hatred of dialects is often a dog whistle.

Bad

  • Nothing.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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