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Merriam-Webster's Concise Dictionary of English Usage 1st Edition
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About the Author
The Merriam brothers desired a continuity of editorship that would link Noah Webster's efforts with their own editions, so they selected Chauncey A. Goodrich, Webster's son-in-law and literary heir, who had been trained in lexicography by Webster himself, to be their editor in chief. Webster's son William also served as an editor of that first Merriam-Webster dictionary, which was published on September 24, 1847.
Although Webster's work was honored, his big dictionaries had never sold well. The 1828 edition was priced at a whopping $20; in 13 years its 2,500 copies had not sold out. Similarly, the 1841 edition, only slightly more affordable at $15, moved slowly. Assuming that a lower price would increase sales, the Merriams introduced the 1847 edition at $6, and although Webster's heirs initially questioned this move, extraordinary sales that brought them $250,000 in royalties over the ensuing 25 years convinced them that the Merriams' decision had been abundantly sound.
The first Merriam-Webster dictionary was greeted with wide acclaim. President James K. Polk, General Zachary Taylor (hero of the Mexican War and later president himself), 31 U.S. senators, and other prominent people hailed it unreservedly. In 1850 its acceptance as a resource for students began when Massachusetts ordered a copy for every school and New York placed a similar order for 10,000 copies to be used in schools throughout the state. Eventually school use would spread throughout the country. In becoming America's most trusted authority on the English language, Merriam-Webster dictionaries had taken on a role of public responsibility demanded of few other publishing companies.
Top Customer Reviews
Because of that, I found this book to be a useful dictionary, covering words from a/an and abbreviations to zoom, and the "problems" or differences that may arise in usage for those whose job is working with words.
There is also a short ("brief" in the words of the dictionary) history of the English language, a pronunciation guide, and a bibliography of source materials for the advice given in the body of the dictionary.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a must. AS you get older, you need to look up words to see if you have spell them rightPublished 24 months ago by Serena Mills
Yes, I bough this. Despite the warnings. I needed to reference this specific title; and ebook was faster than physical dead tree format. Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Jason Fesler
IT GOES DEEP INTO THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO A STUDENT WHO PLANS ON TEACHING ENGLISH LATER.
I just bought this and returned today. Navigation is very, very bad and the table of contents is just a simple A, B, C, etc. This was very poorly conceived and executed.... Read morePublished on April 12, 2012 by David S. Wellhauser
This is a useful book. They were correct when they said, this particular dictionary does not include usage.
'Concise' is the correct word to describe this dictionary. Read more