Watch how a dictionary writer defines English

Kory Stamper defines words for a living. In her new book, Word by Word, she documents the life of a lexicographer, from maintaining focus in the office to tackling the near-impossible task of defining English.

As Stamper explains, writing dictionaries isn’t just about defining words. It’s about exploring, investigating, and always being just a few steps behind the English language. The dictionary will never be “finished” — and that’s probably what makes it worth writing.


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