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Episode 386: Kory Stamper

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We’re joined by Kory Stamper, professional lexicographer and author of the book Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, who chose a modern retelling of Beowulf for us to read. We consider how the epic poem translates to the contemporary American suburbs, and also why Beowulf has been so enduring in the first place. We also talk to Kory about her former job at Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the politics of language, and why we’re right to roll our eyes at people who correct our grammar.

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