Yesterday was National Dictionary Day!
And fortunately, NationalDayCalendar.com 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”…”