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An amazing concept!!!,
This review is from: Webster's New World Dictionary (Mass Market Paperback)
What a concept. Take all the known words in the English language, put them all in a book then describe what each word is, and then tell how to pronounce them! Who thought of such a concept? Apparently a person named Webster, that's who!
The book starts and ends appropriately enough with the words "a" (described as "the first letter of the English alphabet) and zymurgy (which is the chemistry of fermentation). And between those two words you'll find descriptions of words whose meanings range from "a vague notion" to "to shrink by a special process in manufacture", and so forth.
Between "a" and zymurgy are fabulous descriptions of words that will amaze you every single time! Guaranteed!
You think your spell check made by Mr. Gates is up to this challenge? "-pede" isn't in the word spell check I have!!! How are we supposed to combine the form of foot or feet without it, Mr. Gates? It seems Mr. Gates mind is made of two many "1's" and "0's", and not enough centipedes!
Also included in this wondrous, unique book is a description of the abbreviations used in this dictionary (how else are you going to decipher "Norw" or "m" without it) and other wondrous subjects.
So if you need a word, and Mr. Gates neglected to place it in his word check, this book is highly recommended for you. Frequently used in my house, where we have centipedes aplenty!
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Initial post: Mar 8, 2013 9:58:40 AM PST
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Gerald Parker says:
David, Yes, Noah Webster was a fine lexicographer and he set the perversely variant spelling style for the U. S. of A., departing from the use in the British Empire, but Webster was far from being the first to compile a dictionary of the English language. Most notably among his predecessors was the great Dr. Samuel Johnson, in England, and among his worthy contemporary American rivals was Joseph Worcester, whom Webster's publisher, Merriam, unjustly vilified!
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