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Dictionary of the English Language

Publication Date: October 4, 2012

Chapter: English Literature During The Restoration And The Eighteenth Century

Samuel Johnson wrote what was more or less the first English dictionary, as his publishers were jealous of the cool dictionaries in other languages. As a work, it's remarkably interesting (for a dictionary). Johnson's prose definitions are often florid and fun to read, and every page is packed with literary quotes from Sidney to Swift. I'm pretty there are a few words he just made up, though. I mean, "Iatrol ptick?" Nice try, Johnson.

Author: Samuel Johnson • Year: 1755 • Source: Digital Edition

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