The Story of Ain't

America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published

by David Skinner

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The Story of Ain't
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America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published
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David Skinner

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The Story of Ain't
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America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published
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David Skinner

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In 1961, Webster's Third New International Dictionary was published. It would eventually come to be known as "Webster's Third" — not only a source for definitions but also an entirely new, and controversial, way of looking at language. David Skinner tells the story of the people who made the dictionary, those who denounced it and the forces that shaped it, illuminating this early episode in a culture war that continues today.