Dictionaries Directory

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

~ Vince Lombardi

A dictionary is a lexicon, a collection of words listed alphabetically accompanied by the meaning of the word and it’s common usage. We use them daily to understand more about our own and other languages and to ensure we communicate correctly.

The ISOOSI Dictionaries directory is a collection of dictionaries that spans continents, subjects and cultures.

If you want to know what a word means in almost any language, it’s going to be here.

The first dictionary we know of was used by the Sumerians and has been dated to 2300 BC.

Other examples have been found in China, Greece, Japan and India. The term “dictionary” was first coined by Englishman John of Garland in 1220 when he wrote the Dictionarius, a Latin diction reference book.

Our own Webster’s dictionary was written in 1806 by Noah Webster to purposely separate us from the English and to simplify our language. To achieve this, he learned 26 languages and studied at Cambridge in the UK and Paris, France to learn the Latin origins of words.

He then simplified what were complex rules and spellings to give us American English. The second edition of An American Dictionary of the English Language took 27 years to complete, contained over seventy thousand words, many of which had never appeared in a dictionary before.

The ISOOSI dictionaries directory seeks to offer a wide variety of lexicon for research, reference or simply to satisfy your curiosity.

We hope you enjoy it!

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