Originally a lawyer, Webster was elected a New Hampshire congressman in 1813. secretary of state, he helped ease border tensions with Britain through negotiations of the Webster-Ashburton Treaty in 1842. Webster gained fame for his championship of a strong federal government, though he had been a rather extreme advocate of states’ rights at the beginning of his forty years in public life.He later served as a Massachusetts congressman and senator, becoming a leading proponent of federal action to stimulate the economy through protective tariffs, transportation improvements and a national bank. Despite his standing as a Whig leader, Webster was never able to secure his party’s nomination for the U. As a congressman (1813-1817) from New Hampshire, he opposed the War of 1812 and hinted at nullification.
It has a funky way of indicating syllables (par-ticu-lar as opposed to the standard par-tic-u-lar).
And there are no separate usage notes; the terms "loose usage" and "objected to by some" were appended inconsistently—to second definitions of, for example, "disinterested," "literally," and "enormity" but not of "fortuitous" or "hopefully." acquits itself admirably in every category.
As a congressman (1823-1827) and a senator (1827-1841, 1845-1850) from Massachusetts, he became a leading proponent of federal action to stimulate the economy through protective tariffs, transportation improvements, and a national bank.
He won renown as the defender of the Constitution by denouncing nullification when South Carolina adopted it.
Its illustrations merit special mention for not wasting space on photos of famous people, for providing supplemental information (like the measurements of every animal it depicts), and for a certain (check out the drawings of "leaf forms," "glove box," or "eel").
Its essay "Avoiding Insensitive and Offensive Language" sensibly counsels that readers eschew the terms "the little woman, old lady, or ball and chain" and try "wife" instead.—"Leno, Jay" ("full name "); "Collins, Phil" ("his many solo hits include 'Sussudio' "); and "Sly" (Sylvester Stallone's nickname gets its own separate entry!)—I had the nagging feeling that the space being given to these nuggets, not to mention the large and detail-free maps of every country listed, was being taken away from something more vital and appropriate to a dictionary.Another feature unique to is that the advice it doles out in its Usage Notes comes from surveys sent out to members of its Usage Panel, made up of "200 writers, scholars, and others whose livelihood depends on their using language to great effect." It's interesting from a lexicographic perspective to learn that 68 percent of the Usage Panel accepts the use of "aggravate" to mean "annoy" but frustrating from a practical perspective (should I use it 68 percent of the time then? And I'd rather be told plainly that most people object to the use of "disinterested" to mean "uninterested" than that, "In a 1988 survey, 89 percent rejected [this use], a proportion that is not significantly different from the 93 percent who disapproved of it in a 1980 survey." In sum, I often (let's say 71 percent of the time) found myself wishing the opinions of the venerable Usage Panel would be distilled into more clear-cut advice.real" Webster's (descended from Noah's 1828 original), I was more surprised by the small margin by which it beat its three nearest competitors than by its emergence at the head of the pack.'s much vaguer "a sense of loss, disappointment, dissatisfaction, etc." Its reference supplements—the Constitution, the Brightest Stars, the Tornado Damage Potential Scale (light, moderate, considerable, severe, devastating, incredible[! (My excitement at this discovery was quickly overshadowed by the realization of how urgently I need to get a life.) So, what's not to love?