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The story of Webster's third : Philip Gove's controversial dictionary and its critics

Author: Herbert Charles Morton
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The publication of Webster's Third New International Dictionary in 1961 set off a storm of controversy both in the popular press and in scholarly journals that was virtually unprecedented in its scope and intensity. The New York Times ridiculed the new dictionary's alleged failure to label slang in a now-famous editorial that began, "A passel of double-domes at the G. & C.
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Genre/Form: Wörterbuch (Sprachwörterbuch)
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Philip Babcock Gove; Philip Babcock Gove; Philip Babcock Gove; Philip Babcock Gove
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Herbert Charles Morton
ISBN: 0521461464 9780521461467
OCLC Number: 30026836
Description: xv, 332 pages, [4] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The best of times and the worst : A prologue --
PART I: 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 --
PART II: 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 --
PART III: 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 --
PART IV: SORTING IT ALL OUT: Gove and Webster's Third : the legacy ; Concluding words.
Responsibility: Herbert C. Morton.
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