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 it took him twenty-seven years to finish it.
In 1806, he published his first dictionary, “A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language”. 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 “An American Dictionary of the English Language”, 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.
“Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen.” (Gertrude Stein)
“The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order.” (Jean Cocteau)