Friday, September 2, 2022

Noah Webster

[Frontispiece and accompanying text from Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (1961). Click either image for a larger view.]

I don’t know when these items disappeared from the Third. They’re not in my 1986 Third. The stray lines across the text are what’s left after my best effort to remove the traces of dictionary pleats. That’s my way of describing the almost inevitably damaged first pages of large dictionaries.

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[I wonder how much trial and error went into making those two columns of text match.]

comments: 2

Heber Taylor said...

Newspaper writing is odd for many reasons. But your musing about the trial and error involved in getting two legs of type to match has a lot to do with the way newspaper stories were composed. Printers would cut to fit, and writers wrote accordingly. Somewhere, I think, I've seen that Sept. 2 is your birthday. If memory is correct, I hope you're celebrating.

Michael Leddy said...

It is. Thanks, Heber.