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Joy Sandwich

Oct 3, 2016

Joy Sandwich: The Joy of Language with Kory Stamper

On Episode 64 of the Joy Sandwich podcast, we delve into the Joy of Language with Merriam-Webster lexicographer/editor and new author Kory Stamper!

As you know, both Jessica and Non are language nerds, so it was such an honor to have Kory on the show to delight us with her knowledge of language, relaying stories about working as an editor at Merriam-Webster, her favorite swear words, and writing her new book (out in March 2017 and available for pre-order now!) Word By Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

We discuss Kory's origin story with words, growing up speaking German, studying language at an early age, how George Orwell's 1984 got her wheels turning, falling in love with language, prescriptivism vs. descriptivism, and so much more word-nerdy goodness!

Thanks so much to Kory for being a guest on Joy Sandwich. And thanks to you for listening, joy mongers!

And as always, embrace your joy!



Kory picks up her daughter from the Adirondacks (she's a wilderness guide), spends time with family, embraces silliness and fart jokes!

Jessica reads Harbinger by Joshua Dysart!

Non is having fun with audiobooks on long hikes/runs. A recent book is called Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley!




Kory's blog: Harmless Drudgery

Pre-order Kory's book: Word by Word

One of Kory's favorite words: Gardyloo!




"I have been a believer in the magic of language since, at a very early age, I discovered that some words got me into trouble and some got me out." - Katherine Dunn