My momma always said, Life is Like a Box of Chocolates’….or words (part 6)

words, dictionary, writing, writers               My Random House Dictionary weighs at least seven pounds and  it takes both my arms to lug it around.  Its copyright date is 1966 and I think I bought mine in about 1970. Forty three+ years ago.  Its pages are ‘paper-thin’ (pun intended) and very fragile.  It is my reference book when I write this series:  Words being my box of chocolates.

Word Crafters!  Did you know this bit of trivia?  ‘Webster’s’ as the short name for a dictionary, most likely referred originally to the comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language, written over the course of 27 years by Noah Webster (1758-1843) and first published in 1828. This was not Webster’s first dictionary (that one, much smaller, was published in 1806 as A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language ). Nor was Webster necessarily the author of the very first American English dictionary; some scholars assign that honor to one Samuel Johnson (not the Samuel Johnson, famed British lexicographer of a century earlier). But Noah Webster’s major dictionary may well be thought of as the first to Americanize the English lexicon, incorporating many words that were distinct parts of American life, like skunk and squash, words that had not previously been recorded in dictionaries, and simplifying British spellings—for example, substituting color for colour and center for centre .

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This how I feel about ‘words’.

Of course words like blog, sick, ridiculous, email do not appear in my old Dictionary.


email:  e-mail or e·mail also E-mail n.  A system for sending and receiving messages electronically over a computer network, as between personal computers.  an electronic note or letter.  I believe I sent my first one in 1993-94 when I signed up with AOL; the only game in town.

Sick  n. :  Suffering from or affected with a physical illness; ailing.   Of or for sick persons: sick wards.  Nauseated.  or  Too wonderful, fabulous. 
It used to…no, still does mean to be unwell.

writers, words, write, dictionary ridiculous: ri·dic·u·lous adj.:  Deserving or inspiring ridicule; absurd, preposterous.  or Beyond wonderful, fabulous. 





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