Merriam-Webster Teams With

Posted on August 4, 2000

Merriam-Webster Inc. and (YDC) have announced that they have forged a strategic alliance, where YDC will use Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus as its preferred English language reference sources on its site. will employ these reference tools in both its 'Quick Lookup' function and 'YD Lookup Button,' which allow Web surfers to search for definitions by copying the 'YD Lookup Button' to their browser of choice.

John Morse, President and Publisher of Merriam-Webster Inc., said, ``Research shows that a majority of Web surfers worldwide now use English as their primary language due to the predominance of American companies in the technical area. Merriam-Webster's alliance with will help ensure that this worldwide audience is provided with the latest, most up-to-date, and complete English-language word lists and definitions.''

``We are pleased to be working with Merriam-Webster,'' said Paul JJ Payack, President and C.E.O. of ``With roots stretching back to Noah Webster, Merriam-Webster has long been recognized as the dictionary of choice for the American public. Our partnership with Merriam-Webster,'' Payack continued, ``will help ensure Web surfers worldwide access to the latest, most complete, and authoritative dictionary of the rapidly evolving English language.''

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