The editors claimed more than 600,000 entries, more than any other dictionary at that time, but that number included many proper names and newly added lists of undefined "combination words". In 1746, a consortium of London's most successful printers, including Robert Dodsley and Thomas Longman – none could afford to undertake it alone – set out to satisfy and capitalise on this need by the ever-increasing reading and writing public. For Americans in the second half of the eighteenth century, Johnson was the seminal authority on language, and the subsequent development of American lexicography was coloured by his fame. Furthermore, Johnson's approach was not 'sufficiently grammatical'". [29] This site compiles different online dictionaries and encyclopedia including the Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), Wiktionary and Wikipedia.[30]. "[23], As lexicography developed, faults were found with Johnson's work: "From an early stage there were noisy detractors. On the same page, Boswell notes that Johnson's definition of network ("Any thing reticulated or decussated, at equal distances, with interstices between the intersections")[28] "has often been quoted with sportive malignity, as obscuring a thing in itself very plain. But perhaps the greatest single fault of these early lexicographers was, as historian Henry Hitchings put it, that they "failed to give sufficient sense of [the English] language as it appeared in use. In 1828, when Noah Webster was 70, his American Dictionary of the English Language was published by S. Converse in two quarto volumes containing 70,000 entries,[5] as against the 58,000 of any previous dictionary. Now in its fifth edition, it is only slightly greater in vocabulary than the Collegiate, but it appears much larger and has the appeal of many pictures and other features. An American Dictionary of the English Language, edited by Noah Porter and C. A. F. Mahn, Webster's International Dictionary, edited by Noah Porter and W. T. Harris, 1890 edition plus 1900 supplement, Webster's New International Dictionary, 1st edition. [6] Chesterfield did not care about praise, but was instead interested by Johnson's abilities. Again in two volumes, the title page proclaimed that the Dictionary contained "the whole vocabulary of the quarto, with corrections, improvements and several thousand additional words: to which is prefixed an introductory dissertation on the origin, history and connection of the languages of western Asia and Europe, with an explanation of the principles on which languages are formed. The 1883 printing of the book contained 1,928 pages and was 8½ in (22 cm) wide by 11½ in (29 cm) tall by 4¼ in (11 cm) thick. Some versions added a 400-page supplement called A Reference History of the World, which provided chronologies "from earliest times to the present". Some of his spelling choices were also inconsistent: "while retaining the Latin p in receipt he left it out of deceit; he spelled deign one way and disdain another; he spelled uphill but downhil, muckhill but dunghil, instill but distil, inthrall but disenthral". ", Despite the criticisms, "The influence of the Dictionary was sweeping. In the end the OED reproduced around 1,700 of Johnson's definitions, marking them simply 'J.'. After the commercial success of Webster's Third New International in the 1960s,[31] Random House responded by adapting its college dictionary by adding more illustrations and large numbers of proper names, increasing its print size and page thickness, and giving it a heavy cover. Early printings of this dictionary contained the erroneous ghost word dord. In 1846 he completed his Universal and Critical Dictionary of the English Language. of the English Language, for which he learned 26 languages, including Anglo-Saxon and Sanskrit, in Such treatment I did not expect, for I never had a patron before ... Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help? The first English book that was called a dictionary wasn’t written until around 1552 or so and the first English dictionary listing ordinary words as well as difficult words was published in 1702. The 1828 edition of the American Dictionary of the English Language (2 volumes; New York: S. Converse) can be searched online at: DjVu and PDF versions can be viewed at the Internet Archive: Plain-text versions are also available from the Internet Archive (with some errors, due to automatic optical character recognition). however, such as his support for modifying tongue to tung and women to Who wrote the first English dictionary? Noah Webster (1758–1843), the author of the readers and spelling books which dominated the American market at the time, spent decades of research in compiling his dictionaries.