National Dictionary Day

Since we’re all about books here, we found it’s

National Dictionary Day - October 16

And we just had to celebrate it!! Here’s so info on the dictionary courtesy of

National Dictionary Day is observed annually on October 16.

Celebrate by learning a little bit of dictionary history and about Noah Webster:

Noah Webster Didn’t Define “Collective” as a Noun | Adask's lawIn 1806, American Noah Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language. In 1807 Webster began compiling an expanded and fully comprehensive dictionary, An American Dictionary of the English Language; it took twenty-seven years to complete. To evaluate the etymology of words, Webster learned twenty-six languages, including Old English (Anglo-Saxon), German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Arabic and Sanskrit.

Webster completed his dictionary during his year abroad in Paris, France, at the University of Cambridge.  His book contained seventy thousand words, of which twelve thousand had never appeared in a published dictionary before.

As a spelling reformer, he believed that the English spelling rules were unnecessarily complex so in his dictionary he introduced American English spellings, replacing “colour” with “color”, substituting “wagon” for “waggon” and printing “center” instead of “centre”.  Webster also added American words such as “skunk” and “squash” that did not appear in British dictionaries.

Webster published his dictionary in 1828 at the age of seventy.  The dictionary sold 2500 copies.  In 1840, the second edition was published in two volumes.


Celebrate by learning a new word or two! It would be fun to play the dictionary based game, Balderdash. Use #NationalDictionaryDay to post on social media.


National Dictionary Day was created in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday (October 16, 1758) and was set aside as a day to emphasize the importance of learning and using dictionary skills and increasing one’s vocabulary.  Webster is considered the “Father of the American Dictionary”.  

Enjoy your dictionary!!! How many do you have? We have at least 5 of different vintages!!

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