harm·less drudg·ery is owned and operated by Kory Stamper, a lexicographer who spent almost 20 years at Merriam-Webster reading citations and defining words like “Monophysite” and “bodice ripper.” She also spent a good chunk of her career being one of the Merriam-Webster three editors to write, edit, and appear in the “Ask the Editor” video series, where her video on the plurals of “octopus” became a bewildering viral sensation. (Pursuant to the video series: yes, her hair changes colors, and no, she will not marry you). She travels around the country giving talks and presentations on things that only other word nerds would be interested in.
If you enjoy the sort of pabulum (sense 3) that appears here, you can read more of Kory’s blabbing in the Guardian, where British commentors endlessly complain on every column she has written there, as well as The New York Times and The Washington Post. She also occasionally contributes to Strong Language, a blog about foul language.
Her debut nonfiction book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, is available at fine purveyors of books everywhere. Publishers Weekly called it “occasionally profane,” which is delightful. She’s working on another nonfiction book for Pantheon/Knopf, and that will also likely be occasionally profane.
When she is not doing the word-nerd thing, she does other nerdy things, including knitting, baking, and live sound engineering. But she will probably not bore you to death with those things here.
Her opinions, typos, and blog are her own, so no sense complaining to anyone else about them.