Merriam-Webster announces contract with L-Soft international

Springfield, MA (April 13, 1998) – Merriam-Webster Inc. is proud to announce that it has contracted with L-Soft international, Inc., to manage the company's Word of the Day electronic mailing list. L-Soft's innovative LISTSERV® mail manager and lightning-fast LSMTP® mailer allow Merriam-Webster to mail its Word of the Day more quickly and reliably and have improved its ability to manage subscriptions to its free service. On-line subscription applications are now possible, and L-Soft has added a searchable archive of previous Word of the Day entries.

"The speed and capacity of L-Soft's servers let us serve our Word of the Day subscribers more quickly and efficiently," said John Morse, President and Publisher of Merriam-Webster Inc. "We have thousands of subscribers, and L-Soft's excellent service has made it easy to deliver our daily messages to them."

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day features an interesting word, its pronunciation and definition, an example sentence, and an informative and entertaining "Did You Know?" paragraph. Subscriptions to Merriam-Webster's E-mail service are free and can be obtained by filling out the subscription form found at: The Word of the Day is also posted daily on the World Wide Web and on America Online (keyword WORD OF THE DAY).

About L-Soft

L-Soft international, Inc. is the leading provider of electronic mailing list solutions used on the Internet and intranets. L-Soft's innovative technology supports an extensive portfolio of products and services for non-technical and expert users alike, ranging from high-performance software to custom outsourcing solutions. L-Soft's flagship product, LISTSERV®, is renowned for its flexibility, speed and time-tested robustness, making it the premier electronic mailing list management software available today. Launched in 1986, LISTSERV delivers over 25 million messages on an average weekday to subscribers of over 75,000 LISTSERV lists worldwide.

Merriam-Webster, Inc.

Merriam-Webster Inc., founded over 150 years ago, acquired the rights to revise and publish Noah Webster's dictionaries in 1843. Since then the company has maintained an ongoing commitment to innovation and scholarship in language reference publishing and continues as the clear leader, with print and electronic reference products, learning tools, and word games. For more information, visit Merriam-Webster Online at:

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