Kory Stamper

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Kory Stamper
Alma mater Smith College
Occupation Lexicographer and editor for Merriam-Webster
Website Harmlessdrudgery.com

Kory Stamper is a lexicographer and editor for the Merriam-Webster family of dictionaries. In addition to her editorial duties, she presents many of Merriam-Webster's "Ask the Editor" videos,[1] a series on the publisher's website and YouTube that discusses the English language, especially unusual or controversial words and usages. She undertakes speaking engagements on behalf of Merriam-Webster[2][3] and provides expert advice and response to general enquiries on language and lexicography from the public.[4] Stamper has recently enjoyed some notoriety as the Associate Editor responsible for explaining the addition of the term "F-Bomb" into the dictionary.[5]

Stamper also provides lexicographical and language related commentary for various media outlets including the Chicago Tribune[6][7][8][9][10][11] and has written on other, non-language-related topics.[12]

Stamper was educated at Smith College, where she undertook an interdisciplinary major that involved studying Latin, Greek, Old English, Norse, and Middle English after enrolling in a course on Icelandic family sagas of the 13th and 14th centuries. She says "I loved the style, the rhythm. They're very bleak, but they have this black humor."[13]

She graduated with a BA in medieval studies, with a focus on language & literature.[14]

Her first book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, was released in March 2017.[15]


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