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Celebrate Dictionary Day! (Contest)
Monday, October 16th, 2023

UPDATE: The winners are…commenters 1-8! Congrats, all!

Yes, I’ve said it before—I am a word nerd, a true logophile, a “lover of words.”

When I was a kid, I loved finishing my reading assignments because then I could go to the front of the class and read through the very large dictionary my teacher kept open on a podium. I loved learning new words and finding out their etymology (their origins). I studied Latin for four years during junior high and high school and loved it because I learned even more about the origin of everyday words. So, yes. I’m a complete nerd, and I was meant to be a writer and editor—it just took forty years for me to discover that!

Today is an unofficial holiday: Dictionary Day. It’s a celebration of Noah Webster, born on October 16, 1758, who is best known for publishing An American Dictionary of the English Language. It’s the great-grandfather of today’s The Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

If you’re a word nerd like me, check out the Merriam-Webster website! There, you have access to their on-line dictionary and thesaurus, plus you can play word games and pick out gifts for the word nerds you love! You can even subscribe to “Word a Day” and MW will send you a new word to love every day. There’s also a phone app you can download!

So, do you love words and dictionaries? Do you have a favorite word? For a chance to win a downloadable book on my backlist, comment below!

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9 comments to “Celebrate Dictionary Day! (Contest)”

  1. Colleen C.
    · October 16th, 2023 at 12:23 pm · Link

    a favorite word… nothing stands out for me…

  2. Pansy Petal
    · October 16th, 2023 at 2:22 pm · Link

    I subscribe to the Merriam/Webster Word a day. Love getting a new word every day! My favorite word, Learned way back when I was in high school, is Anthropomorphizer. A friend called me that and I had to find out what is was. I spent weeks learning how to pronounce and spell it correctly. It is still a favorite word for me more than fifty years later.

  3. Deb
    · October 16th, 2023 at 4:58 pm · Link

    Thank you for this post. Funny enough, I was looking for a word of the day free app on my ipad… this is better

  4. Jennifer Beyer
    · October 16th, 2023 at 8:57 pm · Link

    I love dictionaries and learning new words. I used to have a word a day calendar. I have gotten interested in words from one language that is adopted into another language like gesundheit.

  5. Debra Guyette
    · October 17th, 2023 at 5:59 am · Link

    I love words. When I was teaching, my students asked me why I cannot talk like normal person. I am thinking to day I like apotheosis.

  6. BN
    · October 19th, 2023 at 5:23 pm · Link

    yes, no fav

  7. ButtonsMom
    · October 20th, 2023 at 12:38 pm · Link

    Exacerbate is a favorite.

  8. Beckie
    · October 24th, 2023 at 3:49 pm · Link

    Love dictionary and learning new words. Not sure what my favorite word would be though. Love reading, spelling.

  9. Delilah
    · October 29th, 2023 at 10:04 am · Link

    Thank you all for playing! You are all winners!

    Email me at and let me know which downloadable book from my backlist you would like to have! Congrats, all!

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