Happy Dictionary Day! This is the tile page and the definition of ‘dictionary’ from the first edition of Noah Webster’s An American Dictionary of the English Language (1828). We still keep a copy of this in our stacks, although it can’t leave the library. You can tell from the bottom photo that it’s been well used over the past nearly two centuries.
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,”
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
(noun) 1. Although no longer in use, philology is the love of learning and literature. We vote that we bring back into vernacular ASAP! 2. The most popular definition today is the study of literary texts and of written records: the quest for their meaning and their authenticity.