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Media: NYT: Johnson's Dictionary

Submitter: Karen Chung

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Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography

Subject Language(s): English

Media Body: The New York Times: Op-ed

Johnson's Dictionary
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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Karen Chung
Issue Number: 16.1230
Date Posted: April 17, 2005