Tag: A Dictionary of the English Language

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Johnson and Grose: lexicography’s odd couple

April 15 marks the anniversary of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language (1755), a work that’s today universally recognized as an astonishing feat of solo lexicography. The publication, in 1755, rightly attracted great attention; David Garrick wrote a poetic eulogy to mark the achievement in the Public Advertiser, describing Johnson as ‘like a hero […]

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A soul of fire: celebrating Samuel Johnson

A soul of fire: celebrating Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson wrote a number of works, but he is arguably best known for the 1755 publication A Dictionary of the English Language. While it was by no means the first ever dictionary published, its influence was remarkable, not least upon the dictionary which would surpass it in terms of coverage of the English language – […]

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