William Smellie

William Smellie (5 February 1697 – 5 March 1763) was a Scottish obstetrician and medical instructor who practiced and taught primarily in London. Continue reading

Encyclopaedia Britannica Published

The first English encyclopedia was published, Encyclopaedia Britannica aka A Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, containing short entries on a wide variety of subjects with longer essays on important topics Continue reading

Archeologists Find Earliest Vocabulary List

Archeologists discovered an Akkadian vocabulary list in Mesopotamia from 600 BCE. Continue reading

Arabic Dictionary

The Arabic dictionary was called the Kitab al ayn (Book Beginning With the Letter Ayn), which was compiled by the Arab philologist Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi, in Basra, Iraq dating back circa 750. Continue reading

Hebrew Language Dictionary Machberet Compiled in Spain

The Hebrew language dictionary Machberet containing a lexicon from the Torah and biblical books was compiled by Menakhem ben Saruq, a poet and philologist in Cordoba, Spain in 950. Continue reading

Dictionary of English slang

Captain Francis Grose, published in England in 1785, the Dictionary of English slang, which he titled “A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue”. Continue reading