Title: The Story of Ain’t: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published
Author: David Skinner
My synopsis: David Skinner explores the creation of Webster’s first, second, and third dictionary. He discusses words that were added and words that caused much controversy.
Pro: Readers will learn about how Webster’s dictionary started and about words that were added.
Con: The author likes to repeat himself, and the writing is rather dry.
🧠Lessons learned: I learned the word “colloquial” as the author used it several times. I also learned that the dictionary is not meant to correct people’s usage of words but instead record them. After all, language evolves and the dictionary has to keep up.
Who is this for? This is for language nerds or people curious about Webster’s earliest dictionaries.