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Kory Stamper Is Here to Answer All Your Questions About Words

Kory Stamper is a lexicographer over at Merriam-Webster, publishers of dictionaries and thesauruses. She's here today to answer all our questions about how we use language, from 11 - noon (Pacific time).


Ask Stamper anything, whether it's about the correct way to pluralize "octopus", or just how she parses out the definitions for words, both everyday and abstract. What about regional dialects, the process of coming up with definitions, and the origins behind some of your favorite words?


Start asking now and she'll get to as many questions as she can between 11-12 PT.

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Why are "flammable" and "inflammable" synonyms, when almost every other example of the "in-" prefix in front of adjective X generally means "not X"?