Archival note

Wittgenstein composed a typewritten preface on April 22, 1925 that details his rationale and methodology in writing the Wörterbuch. This document was requested by the publisher as a supplement to the Department of Education application that would approve Wittgenstein’s dictionary for use in schools. The preface was sent to his editor at Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky Verlag but was not published with the dictionary in 1926. In the preface, Wittgenstein discusses his pedagogic approach to teaching students the spelling of words and the role of the dictionary in enabling his students to be responsible for correcting their own usage of words. He also explains his selection of words (excluding foreign words and emphasizing colloquial usage), his arrangement of words (grouping words by common roots), as well as the insufficiencies of existing dictionaries for students.