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Story of Webster's Third Philip Gove's Controversial Dictionary and Its Critics

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ISBN-10: 0521558697

ISBN-13: 9780521558693

Edition: 1995

Authors: Herbert C. Morton

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The publication of Webster's Third New International Dictionary in 1961 set off a storm of controversy in both the popular press and in scholarly journals that was virtually unprecedented in its scope and intensity. This is the first full account of the controversy, set within the larger background of how the dictionary was planned and put together by its editor-in-chief, Philip Babcock Gove.Based on original research and interviews with the people who knew and worked with Gove, this is a human story as well as the story of the making of a dictionary. The author skilfully interweaves an account of Gove's character and working habits with the evolution of the dictionary. The reception given…    
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Book details

List price: $47.99
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/26/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 5.91" wide x 8.94" long x 0.91" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The best of times and the worst: a prologue
Philip Gove and The Genesis of Webster's Third
Gove's formative years: the road to Springfield
The Webster and Merriam tradition
The new editor takes hold
The Making of the Dictionary: Gove's Intentions
The meaning of words: definers at work
The origins of words: the etymologist's task
The sound of words and other matters
Usage and final tasks
The War of Words
Early Returns: the fuse is lit
The controversy heats up
1962: calamity or calumny?
Commercial intrusions: trademarks, takeover threats, competition
Ideology and politics in the running debate
The judgment of peers
Sorting It All Out
Gove and Webster's Third: the legacy
Concluding words