Joseph Emerson Worcester

Joseph Emerson Worcester American Writer


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First Name Joseph
Middle Name Emerson
Last Name Worcester
Birthday 30th November, 1783
Died 1865
Nationality American
Occupation Writer

Joseph Emerson Worcester (August 24, 1784 – October 27, 1865) was an American lexicographer who was the chief competitor to Noah Webster of Webster's Dictionary in the mid-nineteenth-century. Their rivalry became known as the "dictionary wars". Worcester's dictionaries focused on traditional pronunciation and spelling, unlike Noah Webster's attempts to Americanize words. Worcester was respected by American writers and his dictionary maintained a strong hold on the American marketplace until a later, posthumous version of Webster's book appeared in 1864. After Worcester's death in 1865, their war ended.

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