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Dictionary matters

I have dictionaries on the brain – more than usual – having just read and reviewed Kory Stamper’s book Word by Word. So it’s a good time to share a couple of posts I wrote for the… 362 more words

Language

My favorite word at 12 years old-Lexicographer

Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper describes how she fell in love with words and offers a peek into the complex process of making dictionaries.

via Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer — Longreads

Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer

In the first chapter of her new book, Merriam-Webster lexicographer and Harmless Drudgery blogger Kory Stamper describes how she fell in love with words and offers a peek into the world of writing dictionaries.

Writing

thinking cap

The term thinking cap denotes an imaginary cap humorously said to be worn in order to facilitate thinking.

The earliest instance that I have found is from the… 893 more words

Etymology

heatable, heatful

I don’t like students depending on dictionaries in class (in fact, I don’t like them using dictionaries at all), for several reasons, another of which I might write about in a future post. 547 more words

H is for Hooker and S is for Sideburn

Here are two men that I just recently learned about from Child 2:

On the left is Ambrose Burnside. Burnside was a Civil War officer with a bit of a checkered career: at one point being conspired against (according to Wikipedia anyway) by the man on the right, Joseph Hooker. 388 more words