Do you have strong feelings about the word “irregardless”? Have you ever tried to define the word “is”? Brimming with intelligence and personality, this vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made is a must-read for word mavens. Many of us take dictionaries for granted, and few may realize that the process of writing dictionaries is, in fact, as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography, from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it, to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language. She explains why small words are the most difficult to define, how it can take nine months to define a single word, and how our biases about language and pronunciation can have tremendous social influence. And along the way, she reveals little-known surprises—for example, the fact that “OMG” was first used in a letter to Winston Churchill in 1917. Word by Word 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. Certain to be a delight for all lovers of words, Stamper’s debut will make you laugh as much as it makes you appreciate the wonderful complexities and eccentricities of the English language.
Author: Christopher Hager
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Release Date: 2013-02-14
Genre: Literary Criticism
Consigned to illiteracy, American slaves left little record of their thoughts and feelings—or so we have believed. But a few learned to use pen and paper to make sense of their experiences, despite prohibitions. These authors’ perspectives rewrite the history of emancipation and force us to rethink the relationship between literacy and freedom.
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Language and languages
In Word by Word Marilyn McEntyre invites you to dwell with and savor fifteen specific words-- listen, receive, enjoy, and a dozen more -- as she gives each word a week, reflecting on it for seven days from seven different angles. Drawing on the spiritual practices of lecito divina and centering prayer, McEntyre's evocative reflections open up rich new layers of meaning to nourish your heart, mind, and soul. -- from back of the book.
Author: Mary Dibbern
Publisher: Pendragon Press
Release Date: 2006
For singers and others involved in the production of operas, this performance guide to Gounod's Faust and Romeo et Juliette consists of English translations of the libretti and pronunciation instruction, in addition to footnotes explaining changes to the Goethe and Shakespeare sources, a French diction guide, and explanations of obscure terminology
Author: Daniel Harris
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Release Date: 1993-11-01
This classic text, first published in 1972, has withstood the test of time as a teaching aid for English-speaking singers, teachers, coaches, and accompanists, in order that their art may be more communicative to the public. These word-by-word translations of songs and arias allow the artist to properly interpret and express the feelings and emotions that the words require at the proper time.
Author: Sarah A. Reinhard
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Release Date: 2015-10-16
In Word by Word, popular Catholic author Sarah Reinhard compiled an accessible, profound, and unique meditation on each word of the Hail Mary, one of the most important prayer traditions in Catholic life. Each of the forty reflections encourages readers to “slow down” with the Hail Mary and experience previously unseen dimension in the popular devotion, making it come to life in a new way. This unique, formative, and informative exploration of the beloved prayer is a gift to anyone who wants to be continually changed through it—learning to slow down and examine things more closely. The book is based on a blog series Reinhard facilitated with popular Catholic writers and social media experts, including Lisa M. Hendey, Brandon Vogt, Paula Huston, Kate Wicker, Pat Gohn, Kevin Lowry, Lisa Mladinich, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, Fr. Patrick Toner, and Jeff Young.