Dictionary Day ๐Ÿ“˜

Dictionary Day is on October 16. The unofficial holiday celebrates the birth anniversary of American lexicographer, Noah Webster, considered the Father of the American Dictionary.

Webster began to write his dictionary at the age of 43 and itย  took him twenty-sevenย  years to finish it.
In 1806, heย  published his first dictionary, โ€œA Compendious Dictionary of the English Languageโ€. The following year, he started two decades of intensive work to expand his publication into a fully comprehensive dictionary.

At the age of 70, in 1828, Webster published โ€œAn American Dictionary of the English Languageโ€, containing 70,000 words, of which about 12,000 had never appeared in a dictionary before. To evaluate the etymology of words, he had learned twenty-six languages, including Old English, German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic and Sanskrit.

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(flickr – Ben Sutherland)

“Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen.” (Gertrude Stein)

“The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.” (Jean ย  ย  ย  ย  Cocteau)

 

24 thoughts on “Dictionary Day ๐Ÿ“˜

  1. ON PSYCHODYNAMICS AND ENERGETICS

    โ—‡ Diamond Hard – Resonance EveryOne; it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that EveryThing is Vibrational Energies so whatever You CHOOSE!!! I Suggest You Ensure that it’s Your Hearts Desire rather than an Imposed Obligation by Your Conditioned, Stressed Out Head…while ‘Negative’ Stuff like Stress, Fury, Grief, Rage, Anxiety, Depression et al ARE Facts of 3DLife it’s ALL Manageable; yet We Stay in Situations that Give Us SoulAche…it’s a Worthy Pursuit Pursuing Money which is as High an Energy as Love; yet, just like Love, an Excess of Money will Consume Us if We Don’t Manage Our Emotions, Balance is The Key:

    โ—‡ Lack=Less than I NEED!!!
    โ—‡ Enough=ALL I NEED!!!
    โ—‡ Abundance=Much More than I NEED!!!

    …ergo, if Making Money sits well with You then Make Money and Be Materialistic; if Making Money seems Abhorrent then be a Pauper, a Wandering Minstrel and Sing, Write, Paint et al for Your Money, either way Please Be HAPPY!!! with Your Own, Unique CHOICES!!! that Resonate with You…it’s also Crystal Clear Clarity that Others WILL!!! Give You Their Opinion; unless You ARE a Dependent Child You May Respectfully Reject an Opinion that Doesn’t Resonate and Agree-To-Disagree especially if it’s Parents or Other Blood Relatives – Diamond Hard

    …โ—‡โ—‡โ—‡…

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  2. The last time when I was using a dictionary, and throughly, was in my student days, trying to translate ice hockey match infos from Swedish to English over Internet (in those times there was no Google Translator)… ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Thats right! For example, words through and trough seem similar, even do they can be are quite different. It is even more problem with other languages like Deutsch or Svenska; barn in Swedish can be translated as Child or Children.

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  3. Omg I would not survive reading without a dictionary! Iโ€™m always running into new words that I have never heard before! Thank you, Noah Webster!

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