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Dictionary Day: Volume XI, “A”

The Dictionary Project is an exploration of The Century Dictionary and Cylopedia, a twelve-volume set printed in New York in 1901. The Project runs from October 2014 to September 2015, and matches volume numbers to calendar months. Volume XI is one of two New Volumes published in 1909, eight years after the original ten-volume set came out. Volume XI covers new terms from A – L.

The Prefatory Note for this volume notes in its opening paragraphs that English vocabulary has grown at a prodigious rate since the original dictionary was published, no dictionary of a living language is ever complete, they’ve been accruing and cataloging new words, and what lies within the pages of the two New Volumes is mostly scientific and technical terms. But we mustn’t let that stop us, so let’s have a squizz, shall we?

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The Dictionary Project, Volume X: Palestine at the Time of Christ

The Dictionary Project is a post-a-day exploration of The Century Dictionary and Cylopedia, a twelve-volume set printed in New York in 1901. The Project runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, and matches volume numbers to calendar months. Volume X is The Atlas, and today is Day 31.

Okay, now I’m really wishing this Atlas were Volume XII of this set, because if December 24’s post would have been the North Pole, December 25th’s would absolutely have been “Palestine at the Time of Christ”. A lame joke followed by an irreverent reference? Sign me up!

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The Dictionary Project, Volume X: The North Pole

The Dictionary Project is a post-a-day exploration of The Century Dictionary and Cylopedia, a twelve-volume set printed in New York in 1901. The Project runs from October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015, and matches volume numbers to calendar months. Volume X is The Atlas, and today is Day 30.

I sort of regret that the Atlas isn’t Volume XII of this set, because if it were, this map would certainly have been my choice for December 24th. Because I am willing to dig that deep for a lame joke. (Really. Just ask my husband.)

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