And here be it said, that whenever it has been convenient to consult one in the course of these dissertations, I have invariably used a huge quarto edition of Johnson, expressly purchased for that purpose; because that famous lexicographer
's uncommon personal bulk more fitted him to compile a lexicon to be used by a whale author like me.
In the principles of religion and morality, Miss Sedley will be found worthy of an establishment which has been honoured by the presence of THE GREAT LEXICOGRAPHER, and the patronage of the admirable Mrs.
On the cover was inserted a copy of "Lines addressed to a young lady on quitting Miss Pinkerton's school, at the Mall; by the late revered Doctor Samuel Johnson." In fact, the Lexicographer's name was always on the lips of this majestic woman, and a visit he had paid to her was the cause of her reputation and her fortune.
Wherefore the lexicographer
adviseth a striving toward the straiter [sic] resemblance of the Average Man than he hath to himself.
The knowledge of Johnson's day was not adequate for tracing the history and etymology of words, and Johnson himself on being asked the reason for one of his numerous blunders could only reply, with his characteristic blunt frankness, 'sheer ignorance.' Moreover, he allowed his strong prejudices to intrude, even though he colored them with humor; for example in defining 'oats' as 'a grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.' Jesting at himself he defined 'lexicographer
' as 'a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge.' Nevertheless the work, though not creative literature, was a great and necessary one, and Johnson did it, on the whole, decidedly well.
Such understanding as this may belong to lexicographers
and students, but not to ordinary mortals in ordinary life.
Keele University's senior lecturer in psychology, Dr Richard Stephens; language expert and author, Dr Emma Byrne; and acclaimed lexicographer
Jonathon Green, explored how effective real and new, made-up swear words are in helping to increase pain tolerance and threshold.
Enter Noah Webster, a fiercely patriotic lexicographer
determined to rid his fledgling nation's language of all British influence.
The study of English dictionaries in the past has tended to focus on the lexicographers
, but here scholars of English look instead at what the features of a dictionary besides its text can reveal about the purposes of the lexicographer
and publisher in the context of their particular time and place.
1784: Dr Samuel Johnson, writer and lexicographer
1709: Samuel Johnson, poet and lexicographer
, was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, the son of a bookseller.
Syed Ahmed Dehlvi, the famous lexicographer
who penned Farhang-i-Aasifiya, compiled and published ughaat-un-nisa in 1917 from Delhi.