Dictionaries

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What do you turn to in order to get your spelling and grammar right? To find out the origin and meaning of words such as "etymology" and "belle-étage"? To find out how to translate "Einkommenssteuergesetzgebung" into English? To find a synonym for "ice cream cone," or when seeking inspiration to replace verbs such as "to be" (followed by an adjective) and "to do" with some more creative expression? To determine whether the first shots of the American War of Independence were fired in Lexington, or Concord, or in both places simultaneously? What exactly is the meaning of Einstein's "Theory of Relativity"? What vocal range the baroque castrati singers had? How to distinguish "oligarchy," "plutocracy," and "plutarchy" (and what the heck these words mean in the first place)? What language Rumi wrote in? Where exactly is the source of the Nile? Or what was the deal with van Gogh cutting off one of his ears?
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message 1: by Thom (last edited Oct 18, 2009 06:00AM) (new)

Thom Dunn BULLETIN: As odd as it may seem, the name WEBSTER is in the PUBLIC DOMAIN when it comes to dictionary making. The true heir of the Noah Webster tradition is THE G.&C.MERRIAM COMPANY. This for a dictionary of "The American Language" as Noah W. called it, and with that the mantra "Vox populi, vox Webster". People continue to ask, "What does the Dictionary say it means", but a truly definitive wordbook goes back to the people to get the definitive take on what a word means. HERE ENDETH MY LECTURE, with apologies. T.Dunn


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