Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

I typically read up to 3 books at any time – a fiction, a nonfiction, and an ebook. Instead of starting new books for the Bout of Books Readathon, I have been plowing through the books I’m already reading. Below is a synopsis for the ebook I’m nerding over, followed by my daily reading progress (as a percentage measurement rather than page numbers). Check back to see where I’m at!

Ebook: Word by Word – The Secret Life of Dictionaries / Kory Stamper

Many of us take dictionaries for granted, and few may realize that 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 to define and how to do it, to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language. She explains why 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. And along the way, she reveals little-known surprises–for example, the fact that “OMG” was first used in a letter to Winston Churchill in 1917.

Reading Progress: Started at 31%

Day 1 read to 34%

Day 2 read to 43%

Day 3 read to 51%

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mavenmoxie

As a word lover and poet, I love reading and finding inspiration in even the smallest moments.

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