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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

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Two volumes thick and 2,300 pages long, Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary, published in 1755, marked a milestone in a language in desperate need of standards. No English dictionary before it had devoted so much space to everyday words, been so thorough in its definitions, or illustrated usage by quoting from Shakespeare and other great writers.

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Hardcover, 646 pages
Published 2004 by Atlantic books
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Gregory Witt
one of the few dictionaries that has had me laughing out loud. for 'coffeehouse' johnson has, "a house of entertainment where coffee is sold, and guests are supplied with newspapers." a very nice browsing dictionary- not so much the sort for bouncing around comparing word histories and the like (for this see shipley's origins of english words, a very different work but also a very entertaining dictionary), but rather for just reading entries at random to find some quirky phrase or other. this ed ...more
Douglas
Well chosen selections from Samuel Johnson's 1755 masterpiece. Johnson was occasionally opinionated and sometimes even wrong (he wrote of the letter X that it "begins no word in the English language") but learned, entertaining, and dogged. It's a treat to browse through, although I read it cover to cover, or, as you like it. I did.
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Recommends it for: language lovers, teachers, writers
Johnson's version of this literary-reference dictionary was extensive-- this is a sampling from the 18th century genius' colleciton that Lynch, a scholar, has put together. If you love reading and language, this is a must! With this and the OED, you are set.
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