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We've been talking a lot about grammar and vocabulary over in the thread about the Trocks, so I thought I'd mention a book here that I've been enjoying -- Word by Word by Kory Stamper.  She works for Webster as a writer and editor of dictionary entries, and her descriptions of the process and the kinds of people drawn to this work are vivid and unusual. 

(and look, it's a link to the Amazon listing -- you could do that thing)

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While we're on the topic, can I also recommend The Word Detective by John Simpson, retired editor-in-chief of the Oxford English Dictionary.

(full disclosure: John Simpson trained me when I worked as a lexicographer for Oxford University Press.)

Kory's book is great, and I hear she is working on a second one.

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6 hours ago, kbarber said:

(full disclosure: John Simpson trained me when I worked as a lexicographer for Oxford University Press.)

Sitting up straighter, linguistically speaking...

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Stamper's book has been on my mental list for awhile; thanks for the reminder, sandik. And thanks for the Simpson rec as well, kbarber. Both sound good to me.

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