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Hardcover $26.95

Mar 14, 2017 | 320 Pages

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Mar 14, 2017 | 336 Pages

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Mar 14, 2017 | 480 Minutes

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    Mar 14, 2017 | 336 Pages

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“A witty, sly, occasionally profane behind-the-scenes tour aimed at deposing the notion of ‘real and proper English’… Stamper corrals [words] to her purpose with such aplomb that readers might just feel like applauding. For those who love language, this debut…will be a delectable feast.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“[M]arvelous insight into the messy world behind the tidy definitions on the page… Lexicography is not sexy, but in this spirited book about the science and art of making dictionaries, it is by turns amusing, frustrating, surprising, and above all, engrossing. It is perhaps unsurprising, given her line of work, that Stamper employs words with delightful precision in her writing. What is surprising is how enjoyable she makes reading about the drudgery of dictionary making. Seen through Stamper’s eyes, a dictionary is not only a reference source, but also a living linguistic record and a window into history.”
—Bridget Thoreson, Booklist

“[Stamper] loves her work, and her enthusiasm adds a real zest to her tales of usage… Big-time Scrabble fans will love this book.”

“As a writer, Kory Stamper can do anything with words: define them, split them, lump them, agglute them, and make them work for her every bit as ferociously and precisely as she works for them in her day job as a far from mild-mannered lexicographer at Merriam-Webster. You will never take a dictionary entry for granted again.”
—Mary Norris, bestselling author of Between You & Me 

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