Joseph Emerson Worcester


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Noun1.Joseph Emerson Worcester - United States lexicographer who was accused of plagiarism by Noah Webster (1784-1865)
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The critic said: "In one corner was Noah Webster; in the other, Joseph Emerson Worcester. Both seasoned lexicographers, they realized that Americans were coining new words, using old ones in new ways and preserving usages the British had dropped."
Morse described the spirited competition between the Merriams and lexicographer Joseph Emerson Worcester, who also published a dictionary, leading to a period Mr.