Did you know that Noah Webster’s Dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language was published in 1828? He started writing and compiling the dictionary in 1807, it took him more than 20 years to finish the work. The dictionary contained 70,000 words. When words had more than one spelling he chose the form that matched the way the word was pronounced. That’s why in American English we use the word ‘color’, ‘center’, and ‘program’; but in British English it is spelled ‘colour’, ‘centre’, and ‘programme’.
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The copyright for his dictionary was registered on April 14, 1828. The Copyright Act of 1831 came to pass thorough heavy lobbying by Noah Webber and his agents.
The first dictionary Noah Webster published was “A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language”.
To study the origin or etymology of words, Webster learned 28 languages including: Old Anglo-Saxon English, German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Persian, and Sanskrit.
After Noah Webster’s death, the rights to his dictionary were purchased by George and Charles Merriam, which is the basis of the “Merriam-Webster” dictionaries we have now.