Dictionary Day (October 16)

There is a Dictionary Day, but it is unclear the exact date of the day. When Fremont Libraries posted an article “Happy Dictionary Day!” on April 14, 2009, I pointed out that

“Some people think Oct 16th is the dictionary day , named in honor of the birthday of Noah Webster, the father of the American dictionary. See, for example, here:


Both honor Noah Webster though.”

According to wikipedia, Noah Webster (October 16, 1758 – May 28, 1843) was an American lexicographer, textbook author, spelling reformer, word enthusiast, and editor. He has been called the “Father of American Scholarship and Education.” His “Blue-Backed Speller” books were used to teach spelling and reading to five generations of American children. In the United States, his name has become synonymous with dictionaries, especially the modern Merriam-Webster dictionary that was first published in 1828 as An American Dictionary of the English Language.

The first choice, April 14, is based on the fact that Noah Webster published An American Dictionary of the English Language on April 14th, 1828. The second choice, October 16, is based on his birthday. Both make certain sense and there is no official “Dictionary Day” however. October 16 is more popular. Here are some past Dictionary Day activities.

There are several dictionaries that I use quite often, both printed and online. There is one particular online dictionary that I like in particular: Tray Dictionary. It is a tiny application on my desktop and is always handy when I need it. Thanks to Wenpoint team!


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