Word for Word #18 Harmless drudgery

Nov 28, 2017
It takes a special kind of person to be a dictionary editor. You need an instinctive understanding of language, a sharp, ever-listening ear, and the ability to laugh off death threats (really). In this very special episode, Merriam-Webster's Kory Stamper and Macquarie Dictionary's Alison Moore discuss both the drudgery and the delights of their work, as we journey into the secret heart of the dictionary editor. 
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Additional links

Read more on the topics and people featured in this week's episode:

Kory Stamper's book is Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries.

Merriam-Webster editor on her new book — and why dictionaries matter 


On the Macquarie Dictionary blog:

How did language develop?

The Editor's take on Word of the Year 2016


Word for Word is produced by Kate Sherington for Macquarie Dictionary and Pan Macmillan Australia. 

Thanks in this episode to Kory Stamper.  

Sound effects and clips are public domain, royalty-free, or used by permission.  

Music used in this episode is by Broke For Free, available from the Free Music Archive and used by permission of the artist. Find more music by Broke for Free including The Gold Lining; and If.

Our logo is by Amy Sherington

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