Posted on 10/16/2018 at 01:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Today is also perhaps the nerdiest of all holidays: National Dictionary Day.
It marks the birth of Noah Webster — author of the first American English dictionary (or, as he called it, a “federal English dictionary”) — in 1758.
Celebrate it in true geeky fashion with a list of ten things you maybe didn’t know about Webster, such as his attempts at spelling reform. (“Favor,” “color,” “realize,” and “theater” were hits; “fether,” “tung,” and “thum” were misses.)
Also worth checking out is Merriam-Webster’s which-word-came-first? game. (Booksellers George and Charles Merriam bought the rights to publish revised editions of Webster’s dictionary after his death, FYI.)
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