I have an idea for a small dictionary/glossary of archaic and old-fashioned English words which appear in Masonic lectures and ceremonies; I have found that a lot of Masons hear these words for years and sometimes even memorize them without even knowing what they mean
, and I'd like to put together a booklet explaining them to new members.
Is this as simple as taking a public domain English dictionary from Project Gutenberg
and picking out the definitions I need? (For example, this version
of Webster's dictionary.) The fact that Webster still exists as an entity (in the form of Merriam-Webster) makes me a little uneasy.
This is really just a pet project and I am probably over-thinking it; I'd like to make it available on Lulu or some other self-publishing site, but I have no illusions that I'll sell many (if any) copies or make any money on it. Nevertheless, I would really like to avoid any legal nastygrams over copyright issues. I am in the United States.