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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition
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Amid the rancorous screaming matches of political discourse in , a tempering voice emerged from an unlikely source: the dictionary. Noah Webster Jr. He longed to give the American public a language they could call their own. Some advocated adopting German while others wanted to invent a new language altogether. Webster offered a compromise, envisioning a new, sanctified version of English to go with their new, independent identity. An avowed nationalist and born-again Christian, Webster was not an unbiased lexicographer. He envisioned the U.
Webster's Dictionary is any of the dictionaries edited by Noah Webster in the early nineteenth century, and numerous related or unrelated dictionaries that have adopted the Webster's name. Noah Webster — , the author of the readers and spelling books which dominated the American market at the time, spent decades of research in compiling his dictionaries. In it, he popularized features which would become a hallmark of American English spelling center rather than centre , honor rather than honour , program rather than programme , etc. Webster was a proponent of English spelling reform for reasons both philological and nationalistic. He was very influential in popularizing certain spellings in America, but he did not originate them.
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Merriam-Webster, Inc. All Merriam-Webster dictionaries trace their lineage to this source. The company adopted its current name in In Webster started two decades of intensive work to expand his publication into a fully comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language. To help him trace the etymology of words, Webster learned 26 languages.