Every year a handful of new words make it into the dictionary, but how do they get there and who chooses them? Kory Stamper, a lexicographer for Merriam Webster, explains to us just how our dictionaries get made.
Stamper joined us today to answer all our questions about the definitions and origins of words, ranging from the hardest word she ever defined ("god") to the secret origins of the word stew ("which now refers to a hearty and delightful soup . . . but used to refer to a whorehouse").