by Merriam-Webster, New England Public Media
April 28, 2021 2:00 pm
Word Matters is a show for readers, writers, and anyone who ever loved their English class. Join Merriam-Webster editors as they challenge supposed grammar rules, reveal the surprising origins behind words, tackle common questions, and generally geek out about the beautiful nightmare that is language.
Wait, shouldn’t every dictionary be a learner’s dictionary? Technically, sure. But today we’re discussing a specific resource: Merriam-Webster’s Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary, which was designed and written directly for people coming to English from another language. Here’s the story of that book and how it changed how our other definitions were written.
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