Dictionary Day

October 16th Celebrates Dictionary Day

Today on “Days to Remember” we celebrate the unofficial holiday called, “Dictionary Day.”

Where did Dictionary Day originate from?

Dictionary Day was founded to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Noah Webster the father of the modern dictionary.
Noah Webster Junior was born on October 16th 1758, which is why Dictionary Day is celebrated today.

In 1806, Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. In 1807 Webster began compiling an expanded and fully comprehensive dictionary,

When Noah Webster completed the first major American dictionary in 1828, he hoped it would unite the young republic culturally and politically.
With the spread of basic literacy in the nineteenth century, commercial dictionaries further promised to educate the ignorant and cultivate the uncultured. G. and C. Merriam Co., which purchased the unsold sheets of Noah Webster’s 1841 American Dictionary of the English Language after his death, established its brand as the “supreme authority” on everything worth knowing.

In 1831, George and Charles Merriam founded the company as G & C Merriam Co. in Springfield, Massachusetts.

In 1843, after Noah Webster died, the company bought the rights to An American Dictionary of the English Language from Webster’s estate. All Merriam-Webster dictionaries trace their lineage to this source.

The Oxford English Dictionary, published by the Oxford University Press, is a descriptive (as opposed to prescriptive) dictionary of the English language, as well as describing English usage in its many variations throughout the world.

The first English dictionary was called, (A Table Alphabetical) and was published in 1604, described itself as being ‘for the benefit of Ladies … or other unskillful persons’.

The world’s bestselling reference work is the Xinhua Zidian Chinese language dictionary, which has sold over 400 million copies worldwide.

The first editor of what became the Oxford English Dictionary was Herbert Coleridge, grandson of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Dictionaries have been awhile for quite some time and what great holiday to celebrate, as I look up the definition for Blog?

Short for Web log, a blog is a Web page that serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual. Typically updated daily, blogs often reflect the personality of the author.

Happy Dictionary Day to you!

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


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