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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary PDF Þ Samuel Johnson's


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  1. Warwick Warwick says:

    Dictionaries are like watches, as Samuel Johnson said in one of his many slightly tiresome aphorisms the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true He gave himself sufficient wriggle room there, which he makes use of in the Dictionary in a number of entries that just say Of this word I know not the meaning I find this rather admirable, although it must have been a bit annoying to people looking things up.This is one of the best cut downs of Johnson s Dic Dictionaries are like watches, as Samuel Johnson said in one of his many slightly tiresome aphorisms the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true He gave himself sufficient wriggle room there, which he makes use of in the Dictionary in a number of entries that just say Of this word I know not the meaning I find this rather admirable, although it must have been a bit annoying to people looking things up.This is one of the best cut downs of Johnson s Dictionary of the English Language that I ve seen most other abridgements tend to cut out the quotations or trim the number of senses, with a view to includingheadwords But here, editor Jack Lynch has picked a smaller number of entries, but given them all in full This is infinitely preferable, since no one is reading a dictionary from 1755 for comprehensiveness of definitions, but rather for some flavour of eighteenth century lexicography, or of Johnson s writing style, or of how his Dictionary works, all of which are perfectly represented here.Considering how much Samuel Johnson loved to tell other people they were wrong, it s amazing how unproscriptive his Dictionary is To be sure, he can t stop himself often commenting that something is A bad word , but at least he includes it in the first place, and gives evidence of where it s been used in literature He never starts from his idea of a word s definition, and looks for citations of it instead, he starts by looking at citations from literature, and derives the definitions from this real world usage It was a descriptive model that has survived to make the modern Oxford English Dictionary which built on Johnson the greatest in the world.He was criticised at the time for including too many inkhorn words , i.e obscure terms that nobody really uses e.g mundivagant wandering through the world This was easy to satirise, and still is no one of my age and provenance will be able to pick this up without the scene from Blackadder coming to mind Dr Samuel Johnson Here it is, sir The very cornerstone of English scholarship This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved language.Blackadder Every single one, sir Dr Samuel Johnson Every single word, sir Blackadder Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic contrafibularities.Dr Samuel Johnson What Blackadder Contrafibularities , sir It is a common word down our way.Dr Samuel Johnson Damnhe scribbles in the book Blackadder Oh, I m sorry, sir I m anaspeptic phrasmotic even compunctuous to have caused you such pericombobulation.Actually, though, what s impressive about the Dictionary is how few obscure words Johnson includes, proportionally, compared to other wordbooks of the time The vast majority of the book consists of regular terminology, which for a modern reader is often fascinating we can catch the current state of science and knowledge in many of these entries pl net n.s planeta, Lat planette, Fr Planets are the erratic or wandering stars, and which are not like the fixt ones always in the same position to one another we now number the earth among the primary planets, because we know it moves round the sun, as Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury do, and that in a circle between Mars and Venus Uranus would be discovered in the 1780s, and Neptune not till the middle of the nineteenth century The same can be said for many political terms like republican One who thinks a commonwealth without monarchy the best government a dirty word for an arch Tory like Johnson And if you read a lot of literature from the time, many of these definitions can be helpful in ways that a small modern dictionary cannot consulting a Pocket Oxford will not help you understand what, for instance, Austen meant by sensibility defined by Johnson as Quickness of sensation or Quickness of perception.Similarly, Georgian novels are forever referring to chairmen , which might give some casual readers the impression that London was full of boards of directors, unless you appreciate that the primary definition of chairman was One whose trade it is to carry a sedan chair Also useful are the definitions of a word like nice, whose eight senses include accurate in judgment to minute exactness , delicate and fastidious but not pleasant , a meaning which was only just beginning to emerge as Johnson wrote.Lynch, who is or was the editor of a Johnson journal, has clearly put this together as a labour of love, and it shows it s a beautifully produced and typeset book, and comes bulging with handy bibliographies, indices of quotations, and thematic lists of vocabulary covered It s an utter joy to browse through which restores to Johnson s landmark, for a modern reader, the pleasure of any great dictionary


  2. Jeff Crompton Jeff Crompton says:

    For over 20 years, I ve had a copy of Johnson s Dictionary A Modern Selection, edited by E.L McAdam and George Milne I bought my copy at Johnson s Gough Square house in London , and for the past few years I ve had a digital version of the complete dictionary on my iPad Both of these have proved to be less than totally satisfactory to me, for different reasons But Jack Lynch s abridgement has proven to be the version I have been waiting for.The strengths of this edition are many Most import For over 20 years, I ve had a copy of Johnson s Dictionary A Modern Selection, edited by E.L McAdam and George Milne I bought my copy at Johnson s Gough Square house in London , and for the past few years I ve had a digital version of the complete dictionary on my iPad Both of these have proved to be less than totally satisfactory to me, for different reasons But Jack Lynch s abridgement has proven to be the version I have been waiting for.The strengths of this edition are many Most importantly to me, anyway , each of the chosen selections is included in full etymology, definition s , and illustrative quotations This is a vast improvement over McAdam and Milne, who dispense with most of the quotations and only include those definitions they find interesting they include only two definitions of sensible, while Lynch s complete entry consists of eight definitions and eighteen quotations, and takes up nearly a page.And the quotations are fascinating as Henry Hitchings said in his book on the Dictionary, they make Johnson s work an anthology of English writing up to that point Lynch s edition accentuates that aspect by including indexes of Shakespearean citations and of citations of other writers There is also an index of piquant terms That last index is a reminder that Johnson s Dictionary just makes for entertaining reading, due to Johnson s choices, biases, and sometimes mistakes One of the most famous mistakes is the first definition of pastern The knee of a horse But until thumbing through this volume, I hadn t known that there is a second definition, with a wonderful illustration The legs of a human creature in contempt So straight she walk d, and on her pasterns high If seeing her behind, he lik d her pace, Now turning short, he better lik d her face. Dryden Until I get that first edition for my birthday one of these years, Lynch s selection will be an excellent and practical substitute


  3. Gregory Witt Gregory Witt says:

    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 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 edition does make me wish i had something closer to the unabridged dictionary lynch seems to have edited this with an eye towards including obscure words that give a sense of the 18th century, which is nice, but i wantfor example, I remember seeing a reference to johnson s elephant entry somewhere or other and was dissapointed not to find it included here that said, the full text is in the public domain and available on the internet without having to pay for or lift the 2000 pages of the original, so, whatever, this is a nice little sample to have on the dictionary shelf


  4. Douglas Douglas says:

    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.


  5. Laurel Laurel says:

    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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Samuel Johnson's Dictionary [PDF / Epub] ☆ Samuel Johnson's Dictionary By Jack Lynch – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Two volumes thick and , pages long, Samuel Johnson s Dictionary, published in , marked a milestone in a language in desperate need of standards No English dictionary before it had devoted so much spac Two volumes thick and , pages long, Samuel Johnson s Dictionary, published in , 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 Samuel Johnson's Epub / Shakespeare and other great writers Johnson s Dictionary would defi.

  • Hardcover
  • 646 pages
  • Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
  • Jack Lynch
  • English
  • 22 December 2019
  • 184354296X

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