Johnson's dictionary

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Apr 4 02:25:55 UTC 2005

On Sun, 3 Apr 2005, James C Stalker wrote:

> Hitchings claims that US lawyers consult Johnson, not Webster, in order to
> interpret the US Constituition.  Interesting claim.  If Roger is still out
> there lurking, he might have a comment on that point of view.

The idea is that in 1787 people would have consulted Johnson rather than
Webster, since Webster's was not yet published.

Fred Shapiro

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