Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Socrates ruled correct on dictionary puzzler
When Noah was 43, he started writing the first American dictionary. He did this because Americans in differentparts of the country spelled, pronounced and used words differently. He thought that all Americans should speakthe same way. He also thought that Americans should not speak and spell just like the English.Noah used American spellings like "color" instead of the English "colour" and "music" instead " of "musick". Healso added American words that weren't in English dictionaries like "skunk" and "squash". It took him over 27years to write his book. When finished in 1828, at the age of 70, Noah's dictionary had 70,000 words in it.