What in the Hell is Emily Brewster Doing Anyway?

About a month ago, I sent a letter to Merriam-Webster because a reader mentioned that Kory Stamper might now be a Full Editor (whatever that is) and no longer an Associate Editor.


A few months ago, I wrote a cheeky article about the fact that Kory Stamper had changed her hair color. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but then, I had no idea there were so many people out on the Internet who seem to have some kind of crush on her. Now I know: she even has a fan club. And I am now in the position of having upwards of half of the visitors to my website looking for information about Ms. Stamper and (only slightly less) Emily Brewster.

One reader has asked if Stamper is no longer “Associate Editor” because on her last video she referred to herself as simply “Editor.” Can you clear this up?

Also, given that I will surely be writing about Stamper, Brewster, and Sokolowski in the future, I would like to know if I should be referring to any of your editors as “doctor.” Providing a brief bio on your site would be a good idea. As it is, almost everything I (and thus my readers) know comes from other websites: knitty (Stamper) and cookthink (Brewster). Sokoloswski is written about more than the other editors, but we never get any information about him other than that he is “Editor at Large.”

You could make two improvements to your website:

  1. Provide bios of your staff.
  2. Allow other websites to embed your videos.

Any information you can provide would be most helpful. Regardless, I link only to M-W, and your website along with the Chicago Style Manual and Fowler are my primary sources for all matters grammatical. In other words, you are in good company.

It took them a week to respond, but Meghan Lieberwirth did so and at least resolved one question: both Stamper and Brewster are Associate Editors. I still don’t know what that means, however. And I don’t know if any of the Terrific Triad have PhDs. Oh well. Here’s her response (and my catty comments):

Dear Frank, [Nice touch; no colon; very warm.]

Thank you for writing. We are glad you enjoy our Ask the Editor video series and appreciate the links back to our site. [Yeah; I’m sure without Frankly Curious no one would see those videos.]

To address your questions, Kory Stamper and Emily Brewster are both Associate Editors. Peter Sokolowski is our Editor at Large. [I know that! I want to know if he too wasted years of his life getting a PhD!]

Unfortunately at this time videos from Merriam-Webster.com cannot be embedded into other sites. I encourage you to visit our YouTube channel if you are interested in sharing. [This channel currently has 15 videos out of a total of 27, so I don’t really know what you’re talking about here. Why didn’t you just say, “Yes! You can embed from out YouTube Channel!” I’ll embed Emily Brewster’s “Ending a Sentence with a Preposition” below, given that it seems to be very popular. I think people have been waiting years to be told that a preposition is a fine kind of word to end a sentence with.]


Meghan Lieberwirth
Merriam-Webster Inc.

And As Promised

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