About Dictionary Day
Date When Celebrated: This holiday is always observed on October 16
Dictionary Day, an October 16 holiday, is in honor of Noah Webster, considered the Father of the American Dictionary. Noah Webster was born on October 16, 1758.
The objective of this day is to emphasize the importance of dictionary skills, and seeks to improve vocabulary.
Webster began to write his dictionary at the age of 43. It took him 27 years to finish it! In addition to traditional English vocabulary, it contained uniquely American words.
Celebrate Dictionary Day by reading the “Good Book”……the Dictionary! We challenge you to learn some new words today.
How to Celebrate Dictionary Day
- Improve your vocabulary.
- Spend some time with the dictionary today looking for new words.
- Read about Noah Webster, the Father of the American Dictionary.
- Give someone a dictionary.
“The Constitution was made to guard the people against good intentions.” – – George Lucas
History and Origin of Dictionary Day
Our research did not find the creator or the origin of this day. We know the “What”, the “Where” and the “Why”. But, we do not know the “Who” or the “When” about this day.
There is some reference to this as a “National” day. We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a “National” day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.
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