ATG Quirkies: Did You Celebrate National Dictionary Day?

Yesterday was National Dictionary Day!  

And fortunately, helped with the celebration by providing a number of tidbits about dictionary history and about Noah Webster including:

  • In 1806, American Noah Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language.
  • In 1807 Webster began compiling an expanded and fully comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language; it took twenty-seven years to complete.
  • To evaluate the etymology of words, Webster learned twenty-six languages, including Old English (Anglo-Saxon), German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic and Sanskrit.”
  • Webster also “introduced American English spellings, replacing “colour” with “color”, substituting “wagon” for “waggon” and printing “center” instead of “centre”…”

(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies)

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