Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary

For a while I have been pondering on whether or not to purchase the Noah Webster 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language.  I had heard a lot of good things about it and upon further research, I finally purchased it. 

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I am very happy with my purchase.  I was amazed at comparing definitions from a modern dictionary to the 1828 dictionary.  Here is an example for you:

EDUCATION


The action or process of educating or of being educated; a stage of such a process; the knowledge and development resulting from an educational process; the field of study that deals mainly with methods of teaching and learning in schools. ~ modern dictionary (1980)

The bringing up, as of a child; instruction; formation of manners.  Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations.  To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties. ~ Webster Dictionary (1828)

Don't you just love the definition from the 1828 dictionary?!?!? 

Here are a couple of websites of the 1828 dictionary:  1828-Dictionary and 1828.mschaffer  Both of these sites have word of the day.  The second site has comparisons that are very interesting.  Enjoy the sites!

What are your favorite resource books?

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