Kory Stamper

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Location Amphitheater

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Lexicographer; Author, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Kory Stamper is a longtime lexicographer who has worked at Merriam-Webster, and is the author of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, which brings to life the hallowed halls (and highly idiosyncratic cubicles) of Merriam-Webster, a startlingly rich world inhabited by quirky and erudite individuals who quietly shape the way we communicate.

Notably, Stamper drew attention as the associate editor responsible for explaining the addition of the term "F-Bomb" into the dictionary.

Prior to joining Merriam-Webster in 1998, Stamper worked in a college development office. In addition to her editorial duties, she presents many of Merriam-Webster’s "Ask the Editor" videos, a series on the publisher's website and YouTube that discusses the English language, especially unusual or controversial words and usages. She provides expert advice and response to general enquiries on language and lexicography from the public, and provides lexicographical and language-related commentary for various media outlets including the Chicago Tribune. Her writing has also appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Stamper is a graduate of Smith College, where she undertook an interdisciplinary major that involved studying Latin, Greek, Norse, Old English, and Middle English.