Merriam-Webster Announces Launch of Word Central

Posted on October 7, 1998

Merriam-Webster has announced a new website called Word Central. The site provides access to essential word information -- including pronunciations, meanings, and usage guidelines -- from the searchable Merriam-Webster's Student's Electronic Dictionary online. In addition, a Word of the Day feature will help young people build their vocabulary. The feature is augmented with audio pronunciations and an "Are You A Word Wiz?" challenge.

"Our goal is to foster an interest in words and language among children nine to 13 that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives," said John Morse, publisher of Merriam-Webster Inc. "We worked closely with Urban Oasis, a cutting-edge web design firm headquartered in New York City, to ensure that this site contained colorful graphics and unique features that appeal to today's kids on the go."

Over the next few months Merriam-Webster is planning the introduction of an interactive word games area, as well as a writer's workshop. Teachers and parents will benefit from the posting of lesson plans designed to incorporate wordcentral.com into language arts curriculum, as well as information about language from Merriam-Webster.

Merriam-Webster Inc. acquired the rights to revise and publish Noah Webster's dictionaries in 1843. Since then, Merriam-Webster has maintained an ongoing commitment to innovation in language reference publishing. Today, the company provides electronic reference products, learning tools, and word games.



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