A book-lined study. Two bearded, bespectacled men write pages with pen and ink. The tall one is MERRIAM and the short, WEBSTER. They are in a heated discussion, yet neither looks up from his notes.
MERRIAM: I just think 'grey' with an 'e' is fancier.
WEBSTER: It makes no sense. Logically, 'gray' should be spelled with an 'a'!
MERRIAM: I say, Webster, old chap, there's no reason we can't have two spellings.
WEBSTER: No! We spell it my way, or I'm leaving.
MERRIAM: For God's sake, Webster, you truly put the dick in dictionary.