A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – W

For Letter W, my choice is Noah Webster

Facts about Noah Webster

Noah Webster died at 84 years old
Born: October 16, 1758
Died: May 28, 1843
Birthplace: West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Best known as: The man behind 1828’s An American Dictionary of the English Language

Noah Webster Biography

Lexicographer, Writer 

Noah Webster was a Connecticut writer and educator whose greatest achievement was An American Dictionary of the English Language, first published in 1828. Webster graduated from Yale in 1778, during the American Revolutionary War. He was staunchly anti-British and considered the new American nation to be morally superior to Europe. Webster taught school and practiced law, but his real talent lay in writing, and he spent his career advocating for a distinct American identity by way of language. He published several textbooks, including 1783’s A Grammatical Institute of the English Language, a spelling book popularly known as the Blue-Back Speller and used in schools throughout the United States for the next century. Webster was an outspoken Federalist, and during the 1790s published hundreds of essays, books, and articles on politics and education. His dictionary, like his spelling book, altered several spellings from the British, Americanizing words like “colour” to “color” and “defence” to “defense.” The second volume of Webster’s dictionary was published in two volumes in 1840.

Lexicon, or dictionary holds a special fascination for me. I liked, as a child to look up words and their different meaning in an actual dictionary. We used to have Webster’s dictionary at home which I needed often, as I am pretty bad at spellings. Webster simplified the spellings of many words which used to confuse me by their British spellings.

An inspiring writer and a pioneer who took the first step in making language and grammar easy for children.




38 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – W

  1. How many people just take a dictionary for granted! I can’t even begin to imagine how one would compile words without the modern conveniences we have today.
    I love dictionaries too. So much to learn about words.

    Of course with all the modern conveniences, we have nearly butchered the English language. Half the time I don’t understand what anyone is writing with all the little abbreviations etc.

    I like an “A to Z Challenge”. One could do a new one every 26 days ….. almost forever. 🙂

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    1. I agree with you, this must be a huge undertaking. And without the help of internet, how time consuming it must have been.
      I really enjoyed myself this time around, though I hadn’t planned for it at all. You should join in next year.

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  2. Did you see that amazing movie about the creation of the Oxford Dictionary called the Professor and the Madman? After seeing that, it makes Noah Webster’s feat even more amazing. Did he do all that work by himself? I wonder why he changed the spellings?

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    1. No, I just heard about it from you now. It’s an amazing feat to do that , at those times where every bit of information had to be collected physically. I think they usually invited people to write to them if they had words to add. I would have to research some more to know about the process.

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