Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language

Author: Noah Webster

Publisher: Waking Lion Press

ISBN: 9781434103963

Category: Education

Page: 946

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Language is an expression of ideas, and as ideas change over time, words take on new meanings. Hence, Noah Webster's monumental 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language is a work of great importance to modern readers who care about traditional values. The founding documents of the United States of America are contemporary with this 1828 dictionary, as are many other important books and documents of that time. The 1828 dictionary defines the language of these materials in the context of their era and thus becomes a valuable reference tool to enhance understanding. In addition, Noah Webster based his work extensively on the King James Version of the Bible, so that not only the words but also the values of the early nineteenth century are reflected in the definitions. As Webster wrote, "In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed. . . . No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people." To make Webster's monumental work available at a more affordable price, this new edition has been carefully prepared in a proprietary compact format: All of the words, definitions, and examples have been preserved, but the explanations of word origins have been omitted to save space, as has Webster's lengthy technical introduction. Scripture references have been standardized in modern format, and many abbreviations have been spelled out for greater understanding. Also, for the first time since the book's original publication, the text has been newly typeset; the clear and sturdy Charter typeface makes the text highly readable in spite of its small size. In addition, the book has been printed on acid-free, archival-quality paper, ensuring many years of useful service. This new, compact edition is published with the same hope expressed by Webster himself: "I present it to my fellow citizens, not with frigid indifference, but with my ardent wishes for their improvement and their happiness; and for the continued increase of the wealth, the learning, the moral and religious elevation of character, and the glory of my country."

The American Spelling Book

Containing the Rudiments of the English Language, for the Use of Schools in the United States

Author: Noah Webster

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Spellers

Page: 168

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The Forgotten Founding Father

Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture

Author: Joshua Kendall

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101486542

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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Noah Webster's name is now synonymous with the dictionary he created, but his story is not nearly so ubiquitous. Now acclaimed author of The Man Who Made Lists, Joshua Kendall sheds new light on Webster's life, and his far-reaching influence in establishing the American nation. Webster hobnobbed with various Founding Fathers and was a young confidant of George Washington and Ben Franklin. He started New York's first daily newspaper, predating Alexander Hamilton's New York Post. His "blue-backed speller" for schoolchildren sold millions of copies and influenced early copyright law. But perhaps most important, Webster was an ardent supporter of a unified, definitively American culture, distinct from the British, at a time when the United States of America were anything but unified-and his dictionary of American English is a testament to that.

A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language

Author: Noah Webster

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781523224081

Category:

Page: 36

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"A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language" from Noah Webster. American lexicographer, textbook author, spelling reformer, political writer, and editor (1758-1843).

The American Language

Author: H. L. Mencken

Publisher: Prabhat Prakashan

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

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The present book 'The American Language' was written by language researcher H. L. Mencken. This book is about the English language as spoken in America and explores the nuances of how it is different from other parts of the world. It was first published in the year 1919.

Noah Webster's Advice to the Young and Moral Catechism

Author: Noah Webster

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781603866118

Category: Education

Page: 44

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An Unabridged Edition to Include: Advice to the Young - Moral Catechism(Of Moral Virtue - Of Humility - Of Mercy - Of Justice - Of Truth - Of Charity and Giving Alms -Of Avarice - Of Frugality and Economy - Of Industry - Of Cheerfulness) - Federal Catechism

The Webster Bible

Author: N.A

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1532611536

Category: Religion

Page: 922

View: 2016

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The language of the Bible has no inconsiderable influence in forming and preserving our national language. On this account, the language of the common version ought to be correct in grammatical construction, and in the use of appropriate words. This is the more important, as men who are accustomed to read the Bible with veneration, are apt to contract a predilection for its phraseology, and thus to become attached to phrases which are quaint or obsolete. This may be a real misfortune; for the use of words and phrases, when they have ceased to be part of the living language, and appear odd or singular, impairs the purity of the language, and is apt to create a disrelish for it in those who have not, by long practice, contracted a like predilection. It may require some effort to subdue this predilection; but it may be done, and for the sake of the rising generation, it is desirable. The language of the scriptures ought to be pure, chaste, simple, and perspicuous, free from any words or phrases which may excite observation by their singularity; and neither debased by vulgarisms, nor tricked out with the ornaments of affected elegance. Noah Webster, 1833

Dissertations on the English Language

Author: Noah Webster

Publisher: Seltzer Books via PublishDrive

ISBN: 145544717X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 282

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According to Wikipedia: "Noah Webster, Jr. (October 16, 1758 – May 28, 1843), was an American lexicographer, textbook pioneer, English-language spelling reformer, political writer, editor, and prolific author. He has been called the "Father of American Scholarship and Education." His blue-backed speller books taught five generations of American children how to spell and read, secularizing their education. According to Ellis (1979) he gave Americans "a secular catechism to the nation-state." Webster's name has become synonymous with "dictionary" in the United States, especially the modern Merriam-Webster dictionary that was first published in 1828 as An American Dictionary of the English Language. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the nation."

Noah Webster

Man of Many Words

Author: Catherine Reef

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544133447

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 224

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Noah Webster may be best remembered the enormous and ambitious task of writing his famous dictionary, but for him, this accomplishment was a means to an end. His true goal was to streamline the language spoken in our newly formed country so that it could be used as a force to bring people together and be a source of national pride. Though people laughed at his ideas, Webster never doubted himself. In the end, his so-called foolish notions achieved just what he had hoped. Here, in the only account of Noah Webster for teens, the seasoned biographer Catherine Reef guides us through Webster's remarkable life, from boyhood on a Connecticut farm through the fight for American independence to his days as a writer and political activist who greatly influenced our Founding Fathers and the direction of the young United States.

Word by Word

The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Author: Kory Stamper

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101870958

Category: Reference

Page: 336

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“We think of English as a fortress to be defended, but a better analogy is to think of English as a child. We love and nurture it into being, and once it gains gross motor skills, it starts going exactly where we don’t want it to go: it heads right for the goddamned electrical sockets.” With wit and irreverence, lexicographer Kory Stamper cracks open the obsessive world of dictionary writing, from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it to the knotty questions of ever-changing word usage. Filled with fun facts—for example, the first documented usage of “OMG” was in a letter to Winston Churchill—and Stamper’s own stories from the linguistic front lines (including how she became America’s foremost “irregardless” apologist, despite loathing the word), Word by Word is an endlessly entertaining look at the wonderful complexities and eccentricities of the English language.

The Original Blue Back Speller

New York 1824; Patriotic Textbook Series

Author: Noah Webster

Publisher: Vision Forum

ISBN: 9781929241163

Category: Education

Page: 168

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The great American educator Noah Webster first published A Grammatical Institute of the English Language, otherwise known as the Blue Back Speller, in 1783. His goal was to provide a uniquely American, Christ-centered approach to training children. Little did he know that this remarkable gem would become the staple for parents and educators for more than a century and would help to build the most literate nation in the history of the West. Many of the Founding Fathers used this book to home school their children, including Benjamin Franklin who taught his granddaughter to read, spell, and pronounce words using "Old Blue Back."

Webster's American Biographies

Author: Charles Lincoln Van Doren,Robert McHenry

Publisher: Merriam Webster

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 1233

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Contains data on the lives of significant Americans who have achieved prominence in diverse careers and professions

Merriam-Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus

Author: Merriam-Webster

Publisher: Perfection Learning

ISBN: 9781627655460

Category: Reference

Page: 1259

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"Integrated language tools: Synonym lists and dictionary entries combined alphabetically; Clear and concise word guidance; Abundant usage examples; Supports Common Core State Standards"--Cover.