Samuel Johnson's Insults: A Compendium of Snubs, Sneers, Slights and Effronteries from the Eighteenth-Century Master
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Samuel Johnson's Insults: A Compendium of Snubs, Sneers, Slights and Effronteries from the Eighteenth-Century Master

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Lackbrain, oysterwench, wantwit, clotpoll--Samuel Johnson's famous dictionary of 1755 contained some of the ripest insults in the English language. In Samuel Johnson’s Insults, Jack Lynch has compiled more than 300 of the curmudgeonly lexicographer’s mightiest barbs, along with definitions only the master himself could elucidate.

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Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Walker & Company (first published 2004)
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Jesse Field
Johnson, this idler, this coxcomical bellygod. Perhaps every man has, some time in his life, an ambition to be such a wag as Johnson. He was never more than a fribbler towards literary achievement, but scored a place in literary history for being a whoreson grumbler against all louts and wantwits, prigs and jack-puddings, topers and sheepbiters, and trulls and hussies. Why, that crack-brained dandiprat. The merry-andrew. Who wouldn't want such a zany story for the dunces, Scots, and Whigs of the...more
Felicity
A very amusing and informative dicitionary of old fashioned insults that are no longer used. It would be funny to try them out on someone as they probably wouldn't understand!
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