Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary (1755) What I want to do in my choice of books is to describe the three stages of the evolution of the English language. The first is a British stage, the second is American and the third is a global one, in which English is being used internationally as a default language.
Samuel Johnson wrote one of the most influential dictionaries in the English language. And, amazingly, he did it all by himself apart from the assistance of a few hired hands.
He wrote some witty entries, defining “lexicographer” as “a writer of dictionaries, a harmless…
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