Kory Stamper is a freelance writer and editor who worked as a lexicographer (that is, a writer and editor of dictionaries) at Merriam-Webster for two decades. She has written and edited a wide assortment of English-language reference works, and speaks frequently on the history of English and dictionaries in general. She focuses particularly on providing context for the usage bugbears of the English language, and debunking common language myths. Her debut book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, was named a Best Book of 2017 by Publishers Weekly and Amazon.com. As a freelance editor, she works primarily on academic writing and nonprofit corporate communications.