People, Places, and Merriam-Webster’s

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Two splendid things about the paper edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary are the special, super, secret sections at the back, “Geographical Names” and “Biographical Names.”  Not only do they provide the proper spelling of the names of all manner of mystifying places and people, but they also show the proper capitalization and spacing (useful, for example, in the names of Dutch people, which often contain variations on “van der”).  And to top that off, entries have little nuggets of information, like population or profession.  Why oh why doesn’t the free online edition have this?


One thought on “People, Places, and Merriam-Webster’s

  1. Good question! I sometimes used to just sit and browse through one of these sections. Thanks for the reminder that they exist.

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