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Dictionary Used by the Guardian

Author Universal House of Justice (actual author might be, or include, the Research Department or another agency of the House)
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Dictionary Used by the Guardian
Date of this edition 1997-12-08
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Posted 2020-12-29 by Arjen Bolhuis
Classified in Letters from the Universal House of Justice
Abstract Clarification/confirmation that the English dictionary used by Shoghi Effendi was Webster's (1934).
Notes For a partial scan of the mentioned edition, see (the first 218 pages of this scan relate to the dictionary section, which has a total of 3210 pages; the rest is a partial scan of a supplemental section titled 'A Reference History of the World', 114 scanned pages of a total of 360 pages).

See also Ruhiyyih Khanum's statement in Chapter 10 of The Priceless Pearl: "Although he had such a brilliant command of language he frequently reinforced his knowledge by certainty through looking up the word he planned to use in Webster's big dictionary. ... Not infrequently his choice would be the third or fourth usage of the word, sometimes bordering on the archaic, but it was the exact word that conveyed his meaning and so he used it."

Tags Dictionaries; English language; Research Department, Questions and answers; Shoghi Effendi, Dictionary of; Shoghi Effendi, Life of; Shoghi Effendi, Translations by; Shoghi Effendi, Writings of; Translation; Webster dictionary
Cross-referencesSee also Review in Nature (October 1934).
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