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The ability of those spellers was simply greater in aggregate than we prepared for, they were structurally prepared for kind of a duel between two spellers. What they recognized was they didnt have enough words of that very high level, of the most difficult level. ... They were all difficult words, but not the most difficult words. They had already gone through them.
The girl quoting the definitions before (pronouncer Jacques) Bailly said them stated the usage note from our unabridged dictionary verbatim. ... Its a very specific kind of writing that we do. I thought, Oh my goodness, this 13-year-old girl is quoting our dictionary back to us, these spellers as a group simply were unusually gifted. They may indicate that we have entered a new era of competition.
It was a very new word at that time, his definition is not the definition that you and I would understand today. His definition was, ‘The qualities of females,’ so basically feminism to Noah Webster meant femaleness. We do see evidence that the word was used in the 19th century in a medical sense, for the physical characteristics of a developing teenager, before it was used as a political term, if you will.
The word culture's got a cultural story. We have noticed for years that culture has a cyclical spike every year at around Labor Day. That is to say back to school time during the month of September, so we've been watching this word spike at that time for years, in recent years we've seen similar spikes at the end of semesters during finals.
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