Dictionary Day

By Diane Ruyack

Did you know that October 16th, the birthday of Noah Webster was Dictionary Day in America?   Show you’re appreciation for this most useful of reference books by learning some new words, learn how dictionaries came to be.  After 27 years of labor In 1783, Noah Webster created what is considered to be the first dictionary of America.  He thought Americans should have their own distinctly American (rather than British) way of spelling, pronouncing, and using words. But at that time, Americans in different regions had no unifying standard of language. Webster’s dictionary was the first step in changing that. It had 70,000 words in it. It’s no accident that National Dictionary Day is on Noah Webster’s birthday! He is the father of the American dictionary. How do you define nutrition and calorie?

nu·tri·tionNoun/n(y)ooˈtriSHən/

The process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth. Food; nourishment.  The act or process of nourishing or of being nourished.The science or study of, or a course of study in, nutrition, especially of humansThe process of nourishing or being nourished, especially the process by which a living organism assimilates food and uses it for growth.

cal·o·rieNoun/ˈkal(ə)rē/

Either of two units of heat energy.The energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water through 1 °C (now usually defined as 4.1868 joules). Food energy is the amount of energy obtained from food that is available through cellular respiration. A calorie is a measure of energy expenditure. The calories referred to in diet and exercise are kilocalories (kcal)

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