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John M. Morse

John M. Morse, President and Publisher of Merriam-Webster Incorporated, joined Merriam-Webster in 1980. As Manager of Editorial Operations and Planning, beginning in 1983, and as Executive Editor in 1991, he was responsible for all product-development operations. He became Publisher in 1996 and was named President and Publisher in 1997. He continues to be actively involved in the company's editorial process, including the creation of Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's English Dictionary in 2008, a dictionary for people learning English as a second or foreign language, and with periodic updates of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary, including the new 2014 printing. He is a strong advocate for cross-media development and has written and spoken widely about the evolution of reference books in print and online formats. Mr. Morse is a graduate of Haverford College and holds a Masters of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago.

Peter A. Sokolowski '92

Peter A. Sokolowski '92 joined Merriam-Webster in 1994 as the first French-language editor in the company's history. He has since defined and edited entries for many of the company's dictionaries including the Collegiate Dictionary and the Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. He blogs at Merriam-Webster's Unabridged Web site, appears in the Ask the Editor videos at, and was named among TIME's 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013 (@PeterSokolowski). Active as a lecturer in the world of ESL and TESOL, Peter has led workshops on American English for the U.S. State Department worldwide, and serves as pronouncer for spelling bees around the world. Peter attended the University of Paris and taught French at the University of Massachusetts while earning his M.A. in French Literature. He also maintains a busy freelance career as a musician and presents jazz programming for Western New England's National Public Radio affiliate. He was named Editor-at-Large at Merriam-Webster in 2007.

Emily Brewster '99

Emily Brewster '99 is an Associate Editor at Merriam-Webster. She is currently defining new words for Merriam-Webster Unabridged, where she has also contributed to hundreds of usage paragraphs dealing with sticky grammar and style issues. Emily has defined for various other dictionaries the company produces, among them the Collegiate and Advanced Learner’s English Dictionaries. In addition to defining work, she writes and edits for the Word of the Day, blogs at, and appears in the Ask the Editor video series at Emily is a regular guest on WRSI, where she is the Resident Wordster on Monte Belmonte’s weekly Word Nerd segment. A UMass Amherst graduate with a degree in Linguistics and Philosophy, she is a co-owner of The Rendezvous, a pub in Turners Falls, Mass. with an eclectic and carefully proofread menu.



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Last Edited: 16 January 2015