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Webster's New World Roget's A-Z Thesaurus

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The Merriam-Webster staff has been working on the fourth edition (W4) of the since 2008, but a publication date has not yet been set.

Since then, use of the name has been rampant. Merriam-Webster goes to great pains to remind dictionary buyers that it alone is the heir to Noah Webster. The issue is more complicated than that, however. Throughout the 20th century, some non-Merriam editions, such as , were closer to Webster's work than modern Merriam-Webster editions. Indeed, further revisions by Merriam-Webster came to have little in common with their original source, while the , for example, was minimally revised and remained largely out of date. However, Merriam-Webster revisionists find solid ground in Noah Webster's concept of the English language as an ever-changing tapestry.

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    The Merriam-Webster staff has been working on the fourth edition (W4) of the since 2008, but a publication date has not yet been set.

    So many dictionaries of varied size and quality have been called that the name no longer has any specific meaning. Despite this, many people still recognize and trust the name. Thus, continues as a powerful and lucrative marketing tool. In recent years, even established dictionaries with no direct link to Noah Webster whatsoever have adopted his name, adding to the confusion. are now called , and 's is now . The dictionary now called no longer even uses the text of the original dictionary, but rather is a newly commissioned version of the .