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Words with Webster

October 16, 2013

Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Max, and thanks for checking out our blog! Fishy Kitty told me that today is the birthday of Noah Webster. Do you know who he was? Noah Webster was born on October 16, 1758, in West Hartford, Connecticut, and he was the creator of An American Dictionary of the English Language. This dictionary was considered the first American dictionary and the best dictionary of its time. It contained 70,000 words! He did all kinds of research to find out where different words came from, and he even changed the spelling of words like centre to center and plough to plow to make the spelling less confusing. I know my friends Caleb and Tiny (who the Hospital Critterz, Lily, and I met in our book, Hospital Critterz: The Prairie Pet) totally like the change of plow! Noah Webster also added 12,000 words and 40,000 definitions that had never appeared in a dictionary before. Words like skunk and chowder were the first to be in his dictionary. And even though Webster went to law school, he was considered a lexicographer. At first I didn’t know what that word meant, so I looked it up in the dictionary. And guess what…it means a person who writes dictionaries! Pretty neat!

Bye for now!

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