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ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 18 23:17:44 EDT 2017


To celebrate the anniversary here is a dictionary joke attributed to Johnson:
https://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/09/22/improper-search/

[Begin excerpt]
Samuel Johnson released “A Dictionary of the English Language” in
1755, and the earliest printed evidence of this anecdote known to QI
appeared in April 1785. An article titled “Dr. Johnson at Oxford, and
Lichfield” in the London periodical “The Gentleman’s Magazine”
recounted a meeting between the great linguist and an admirer:

A literary lady expressing to Dr. J. her approbation of his Dictionary
and, in particular, her satisfaction at his not having admitted into
it any improper words; “No, Madam,” replied he, “I hope I have not
daubed my fingers. I find, however that you have been looking for
them.”
[End excerpt[

Garson

On Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 10:38 PM,  <sclements at neo.rr.com> wrote:
> What?  No love for Dr. Johnson--Lexicographer, harmless drudge, a youthful 308 years young today.
>
> Sam Clements
>
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