So you wanna work for the dictionary?

“Lexicography is so sedentary a calling that it makes load-bearing walls look busy by comparison.”

“…you must be possessed of sprachgefühl. This is an innate sense of the rhythm of language, as well as one of those delicious German words you’ll hear thrown around the office a bit (but not as often as you’ll hear ‘weltschmerz’).”

Kory Stamper’s “A Letter to a Prospective Lexicographer

 

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