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Media: NYT: Johnson's Dictionary
The New York Times: Op-ed
by Verlyn Klinkenborg
April 17, 2005
Two hundred fifty years ago, on April 15, 1755, Samuel Johnson
published the first edition of his Dictionary of the English Language,
compiled and written almost wholly by himself. It appeared in London in two
folio volumes. Like most dictionaries, there is a rigorous serenity in the
look of its pages...
But I wonder whether anyone has ever had a more dynamic or volatile sense
of the language than Johnson did.
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|Date Posted:||April 17, 2005|