This was a tough one; the question posed was, “Who is your celebrity crush?” As we don’t have television here in the holler, or read the entertainment tabloids as a rule, I was hard-pressed to even say who rates celebrity status these days. I imagine the ranks are swelled by a lot of reality show … would “contestants” be the right word?
After trolling my browser history, I remembered a certain fondness I’ve engendered, a minor celebrity, but I think she could take on any of those New Jersey dimwits without having to put down her well-thumbed copy of the OED.
Merriam Webster associate editor Kory Stamper, who does “Ask the Editor” videos for the website, is my celebrity crush. Why? She’s awesome … smart, attractive, seems to really dig what she does, and plays into that librarian fantasy that we all have but no one wants to admit. Shhhhh!
I love the way she closes her eyes, tilts her head back, and shakes it (ironically? perhaps, but it is a subtle aspect, almost meta in its subtext) as she cites an early critic, “[Webster] and his book were derided for including horrible, vulgar, American slang.” A lesser actress would have come off like a sallow hipster and not a linguistic nymph.
Stamper’s segment on the Octopuses/Octopi debate is brilliant. Octopodes is my new favorite word, even if I have to end up moving to the UK to drop it.