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The Resource The story of ain't : America, its language, and the most controversial dictionary ever published, David Skinner

The story of ain't : America, its language, and the most controversial dictionary ever published, David Skinner

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The story of ain't : America, its language, and the most controversial dictionary ever published
Title
The story of ain't
Title remainder
America, its language, and the most controversial dictionary ever published
Statement of responsibility
David Skinner
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1934, Webster's Second was the great gray eminence of American dictionaries, with 600,000 entries and numerous competitors but no rivals. It served as the all-knowing guide to the world of grammar and information, a kind of one-stop reference work. In 1961, Webster's Third came along and ignited an unprecedented controversy in America's newspapers, universities, and living rooms. The new dictionary's editor, Philip Gove, had overhauled Merriam's long held authoritarian principles to create a reference work that had "no traffic with...artificial notions of correctness or authority. It must be descriptive not prescriptive." Correct use was determined by how the language was actually spoken, and not by "notions of correctness" set by the learned few. Gove's editorial approach had editors and scholars longing for Webster's Second. Reporters across the country sounded off on Gove and his dictionary. The New York Times complained that Webster's had "surrendered to the permissive school that has been busily extending its beachhead on English instruction, " the Times called on Merriam to preserve the printing plates for Webster's Second, so that a new start could be made. And soon Dwight MacDonald, a formidable American critic and writer, emerged as Webster's Third's chief nemesis when in the pages of the New Yorker he likened the new dictionary to the end of civilization."--
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contains biographical information
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1973-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Skinner, David
Dewey number
423.09
Index
index present
LC call number
PE1617.W43
LC item number
S58 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • English language
  • Gove, Philip Babcock
Label
The story of ain't : America, its language, and the most controversial dictionary ever published, David Skinner
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [309]-331) and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn777622746
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 349 pages
Isbn
9780062027467
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012031848
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Label
The story of ain't : America, its language, and the most controversial dictionary ever published, David Skinner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [309]-331) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn777622746
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 349 pages
Isbn
9780062027467
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2012031848
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia

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