Ok Guys…next phase of Operation: “Let’s get that information changed!”
Kory from the Merriam Webster company was GREAT! As you can see she gave permission to post her replies. So here’s how it went down… I included my own.
The red is me, the purple is Kory. The top is the final communique, the bottom one of the first.
So now to find out who to contact on the website with the OUT OF DATE definition!
So, we now exhonorate Webster’s, and get to the other folks out there 😉
Thank you so very much for your kind responses, and very intreguing information! I really did find that interesting!
I will definately post your information on Ravelry, I’ve already put the call it quits sign for the emails 🙂 LOL so if you are swamped, sorry. On to the next project!
Once again I would like to thank you for your kind answers, and very Crochet Excellent Attitude!
—–Original Message—– From: “Kory L. Stamper” Sent: Apr 28, 2008 8:06 AM To: Camano Made Subject: Re: AH HA! Eureka! I found it!
Thanks for your replies. I may join the CLF on Ravelry when I get a chance, but in the meantime, feel free to post my replies there. If I know anything about the fiber arts community, it’s that they value honest and complete communication, especially where string and sticks of various types are involved.I want to give you some background on the dictionary entry below. The first thing to know is that Reference.com is not a Merriam-Webster site. We do license some content for use there, but everything we have licensed is clearly listed as a Merriam-Webster dictionary.And here’s where the crochet cotton tangles: the cited dictionary _originally was_ a Merriam-Webster dictionary. What Reference.com doesn’t really tell you is that the _Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary_ was published in 1913 and hasn’t been updated since. In fact, the 1913 is really a slightly-edited version of the _Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary_ published in 1890, so most of the information contained therein is almost 120 years old at this point. The _Webster’s Revised Unabridged_ passed into the public domain a while back and was digitized in 1996, which is why the copyright date on the electronic version of the book is 1996. If you around on Dictionary.com’s “About” pages, you’ll find that the book is actually the 1913. The link is http://dictionary.reference.com/help/web1913.htmlObviously, this error was caught by our editors relatively quickly and fixed in subsequent editions of the _Unabridged_ line. However, it lives on in the virtual pages of the _Revised Unabridged_. Since the book has passed into the public domain, it is out of our power to fix it or issue a correction–but we would hope that folks would use a more recently published dictionary anyway.I hope that this is helpful. Thanks for writing and have a good week.Cordially,Kory Stamper, Associate EditorMerriam-Webster, Inc.http://www.merriam-webster.com/http://www.wordcentral.com/http://www.merriam-websterunabridged.com/~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The jury’s in on our new premium Web site! You be the judge with a 14-day free trial–examine the evidence at http://www.merriam-webstercollegiate.com/ today!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
At 10:37 AM 4/28/2008, you wrote:
Dear Kory,I copied and pasted the entry with the source information. I found it here: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/crochet Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary – Cite This Source – Share This CrochetCro*chet”\ (kr?-sh?”), n. [F. crochet small hook. See Croche.] A kind of knitting done by means of a hooked needle, with worsted, silk, or cotton; crochet work. Commonly used adjectively. Crochet hook, Crochet needle, a small hook, or a hooked needle (often of bone), used in crochet work. Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Â© 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc. Thank you for your time and patience!