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Dr. WEBSTER'S DICTIONARY
OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.
NOTE.—The only authorized Editions of the above celebrated
Dictionary are those here described : no other Editions published in England contain the Derivations and Etymological Notes of Dr. Mahn, who devoted several years to this portion of the Work. See Notice on page 4.
WEBSTER'S GUINEA DICTIONARY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. Thoroughly revised and improved
by CHAUNCEY A. GOODRICH, D.D., LL.D., and Noah PORTER, D.D.,
of Yale College. The peculiar features of this volume, which render it perhaps the most useful Dictionary for general reference extant, as it is undoubtedly one of the cheapest books ever published, are as follows:1. Completeness. It contains 114,000 5. The Orthography is based as far as
words—more by 10,000 than any other possible on Fixed Principles. In all cases Dictionary; and these are, for the most of doubt an alternative spelling is given. part, unusual or technical terms, for the explanation of which a Dictionary is most 6. Pronunciation.—This has been enwanted.
trusted to Mr. W. G. WEBSTER and Mr. 2. Accuracy of Definition.--- In this
WHEELER, assisted by other scholars. The department the labours of Dr. Webster pronunciation of cach word is indicated by were most valuable, in correcting the faulty typographical signs, which are explained and redundant definitions of Dr. Johnson, by reference to a Key printed at the bottom which had previously been almost univer
of each page. sally adopted. In the present edition all the definitions have been carefully and
7. The Illustrative Citations.-No methodically analysed by W. G. Webster, labour has been spared to embody such Esq., the Rev. Chauncey Goodrich, Prof. quotations from standard authors as may Lyman, Prof. Whitney, and Prof. Gilman, throw light on the definitions, or posa with the assistance and under the super- sess any special interest of thought of intendence of Prof. Goodrick
language. 3. Scientific and Technical Terms.
8. The Synonyms.—These are subIn order to secure the utmost completeness joined to ihe words to wbich they belong, and accuracy of definition, this department
and are very complete. has been subdivided among eminent Scholars and Experts, including Prof.Dana, 9. The Illustrations, which exceed 3000, Prof. Lyman, &c.
are inserted, not for the sake of ornament, 4. Etymology.-The eminent philo- but to elucidate the meaning of words
logist, Dr. C. F. MAHN, has devoted five which cannot be satisfactorily explained years to perfecting this department.
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guage. By Professor JAMES HADLEY. ture Proper Names. By W.A. WHEELER,
An Etymological Vocabulary of MO-
dern Geographical Names. By the Rev.
C. H. WHEELER. Containing :-I. A List Professor GOODRICH and W. A. WHEELER,
of Prefixes, Terminations, and Formative M.A. Including a Synopsis of Words
Syllables in various Languages, with their differently pronounced by different au
meaning and derivation; n. A brief List thorities.
of Geographical Names (not explained by A Short Treatise on Orthography, the foregoing List), with their derivation
By ARTHUR W. WRIGHT. Including a and signification, all doubtful and obscure
Pronouncing Vocabularies of Modern
Geographical and Biographical Names. Vocabulary of the Names of Noted Fic
By J. THOMAS, M.D. titious Persons and Places, &c. By W. A. WHEELER, M.A. This Work includes not A Pronouncing Vooabulary of Comonly persons and places noted in Fiction, mon English Christian Names, with their whether narrative, poetical, or dramatic, derivations, signification, and diminutives but Mythological and Mythical names, (or nick-names), and their equivalents in names referring to the Angelology and De- several other languages. monology of various races, and those found in the romance writers; Pseu- A Dictionary of Quotations. Selected donyms, Nick-names of eminent persons and translated by WILLIAM G. WEBSTER. and parties, &c., &c. In fact, it is best Containing all Words, Phrases, Proverbs, described as explaining every name which and Colloquial Expressions from the is not strictly historical. A reference is Greek, Latin, and Modern Foreign Lan. given to the originator of each name, and guages, which are frequently met with in where the origin is unknown a quotation literature and conversation. is given to some well-known writer in which the word occurs.
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From the QUARTERLY REVIEW, Oct. 1873. “Seventy years passed before JOHNSON was followed by Webster, an American writer, who faced the task of the English Dictionary with a full appreciation of its requirements, leading to better practical results.”
“ His laborious comparison of twenty languages, though never published, bore fruit his own mind, and his training placed him both in knowledge and judgment far in advance of Johnson as a philologist. Webster's • American Dictionary of the English Language' was published in 1828, and of course appeared at once in England, where successive re-editing has as yet kept it in the highest place as a practical Dictionary.”
“The acceptance of an American Dictionary in England has itself had immense effect in keeping up the community of speech, to break which would be a grievous harm, not to English-speaking nations alone, but to mankind. The result of this has been that the common Dictionary must suit both sides of the Atlantic."
“The good average business-like character of Webster's Dictionary, both in style and matter, made it as distinctly suited as Johnson's was distinctly unsuited to be expanded and re-edited by other hands. Professor Goodrich's edition of 1847 is not much more than enlarged and amended, but other revisions since have so much novelty of plan as to be described as distinct works.”.
"The American revised Webster's Dictionary of 1864, published in America and England, is of an altogether higher order than these last [The London Imperial and Student's]. It bears on its title-page the names of Drs. Goodrich and Porter, but inasmuch as its especial improvement is in the etymological department, the care of which was committed to Dr. Mahn, of Berlin, we prefer to describe it in short as the Webster-Mahn Dictionary. Many other literary men, among them Professors Whitney and Dana, aided in the task of compilation and revision. On consideration it seems that the editors and contributors have gone far toward improving Webster to the utmost that he will bear improvement. The vocabulary has become almost complete, as regards usual words, while the definitions keep throughout to Webster's simple careful style, and the derivations are assigned with the aid of good modern authorities.”
“ On the whole, the Webster-Mahn Dictionary as it stands, is most respectable, and CERTAINLY THE BEST PRACTICAL ENGLISH DICTIONARY EXTANT.”
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