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WORD BY WORD The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Earphones Award Winner

by | Read by Kory Stamper

Contemporary Culture • 9.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2017

Lexicographer Kory Stamper has always loved words. After struggles with organic chemistry steered her from a medical career, she joined the Merriam-Webster company in Massachusetts. In her book, she takes listeners on a verbal tour of her office and the work that goes into creating dictionaries. She narrates with a delight and fascination with language. Showing wry, self-mocking humor, she cheerfully discusses her lack of social skills and which letters of the alphabet have the most words. She's a "real-world" person who pragmatically takes on definitions relating to sex and profanity. If it's in the dictionary, Stamper's interested--and interesting. Her thoughts on topics such as the many ways the word "running" is used in English are entertaining and informative. J.A.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2017]

Trade Ed. • Random House Audio • 2017

DD ISBN 9781524776152 $17.50


Library Ed. • Books on Tape • 2017

DD ISBN 9781524776169 $66.50

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