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Welcome to the 19th annual American Copy Editors Society national conference in Pittsburgh March 26-28, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Davis.)

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Thursday, March 26 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
English and How it Got This Way: A Brief History

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English presents unique challenges for the copy editor looking for clarity and Truth. Is it really "sneaked" or "snuck"? How did "impact" slip from noun to verb? Who is responsible for the horror that is "irregardless"? Is it too late to turn this ship around? Join Kory Stamper as she takes you on a quick trip through the history and development of English, and helps you gain a greater appreciation for our crazy, wonderful language.

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Kory Stamper

associate editor, Merriam-Webster
Kory Stamper is a lexicographer and editor at Merriam-Webster, where she defines words, appears in the Ask the Editor video series, and drinks more coffee than is good for her. Her book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, has just been published by Pantheon.

Thursday March 26, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Ballroom 3

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