Good 46º clear sky sunny morning.
Yesterday predictions were for sunshine and up to 73º. We still had some clouds for awhile and then they blew away and all that was up there was a contrail......
and we topped at 83º!
and we topped at 83º!
Mike said he would be coming over yesterday to do some mowing and trimming, which he did. I mentioned this to my neighbor Frank Mize and he said he had a "crew" doing some "trimming" at his house....
Picture of the Day .... a reason for the "F" word!!
Noah Webster (October 16, 1758 – May 28, 1843) and America's First Dictionary, Noah Webster came of age during the American Revolution and was a strong advocate of the Constitutional Convention. He believed fervently in the developing cultural independence of the United States, a chief part of which was to be a distinctive American language with its own idiom, pronunciation, and style. He believed it was important for America, a new and revolutionary nation, to assert its cultural independence from Britain through language. In 1782, Webster became dissatisfied with texts for children that ignored the American culture, and he began his lifelong efforts to promote a distinctively American education. His first step in this direction was the preparation of A Grammatical Institute of the English Language, the first part being The American Spelling Book (1783), the famed “Blue-Backed Speller,” which has never been out of print and total sales have been estimated as high as 100,000,000 copies or more.
In 1806 Webster published A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, the first truly American dictionary.One facet of Webster's importance was his willingness to innovate when he thought innovation meant improvement. He was the first to document distinctively American vocabulary such as skunk, hickory, and chowder. Reasoning that many spelling conventions were artificial and needlessly confusing, he urged altering many words: musick to music, centre to center, and plough to plow, for example.
Noah Webster married Rebecca Greenleaf (1766–1847) on October 26, 1789, New Haven, Connecticut. They had eight children:
- Emily Schotten (1790–1861), who married William W. Ellsworth, named by Webster as an executor of his will. Emily, their daughter, married Rev. Abner Jackson, who became president of both Hartford's Trinity College and Hobart College in New York State.
- Frances Julianna (1793–1869), married Chauncey Allen Goodrich
- Harriet (1797–1844), who married William Chauncey Fowler
- Mary (1799–1819)
- William Greenleaf (1801–1869)
- Eliza Steele (1803–1888) m. Rev. Henry Jones (1801-1878)
- Henry Bradford (1806–1807)
- Louisa Greenleaf (1808-1874)
He moved to Amherst, Massachusetts in 1812, where he helped to found Amherst College. In 1822 the family moved back to New Haven, where Webster was awarded an honorary degree from Yale the following year. He is buried in New Haven's Grove Street Cemetery.
Noah Webster honored on US Postage stamp, issue of 1958
Merriam-Webster, Inc., is an American company that publishes reference books and is especially known for its dictionaries.
In 1831, George and Charles Merriam founded the company as G & C Merriam Co. in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1843, after Noah Webster died, the company bought the rights to An American Dictionary of the English Language from Webster's estate. All Merriam-Webster dictionaries trace their lineage to this source.
From Mr. Food
Our Chicken Parmesan For Two is breaded with Italian breadcrumbs, swimming in pasta sauce, and seasoned to perfection. By the time you're done with your meal, you'll be wishing you made more of this delectable Italian dish!
- 1/3 cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Two special birthdays today.... JoAnne Webb, wife of the infamous Arlon (1959 Wilsonite) is celebrating today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOANN!!
Historically this date.........
1900 – Empress Dowager Longyu of China orders all foreigners killed, including foreign diplomats and their families.
1983 – Space Shuttle program: STS-7, Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.
And births this day include....
1942 – Paul McCartney, English singer-songwriter, musician, and producer (The Beatles, The Quarrymen, and The Fireman)
1976 – Blake Shelton, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
All I know. Nuff said. Happy Thursday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo