English Learning for Curious Minds

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Summary

In 1755, Samuel Johnson published an English dictionary that has gone down in history.

Not only was it the first of its kind, it was full of funny jokes.

Today we tell the story of this fantastic dictionary.

Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com

Show Notes

In 1755, Samuel Johnson published an English dictionary that has gone down in history.

Not only was it the first of its kind, it was full of funny jokes.

Today we tell the story of this fantastic dictionary.

  • Dictionaries before 1755
  • Why Johnson's was so famous
  • Why was a dictionary needed?
  • Why was the English language a mess?
  • 'Fixing' English
  • Johnson's dictionary: 40,000 words of fine scholarship
  • Hidden joke 1: the definition of 'oats'
  • Hidden joke 2: the definition of 'lexicographer'
  • Hidden joke 3: the definition of 'lunch'
  • Why writing a dictionary is so hard


Key vocabulary: Scholarship, Intriguing, Politically correct, Authoritative, Captured, The masses, Painting a picture, Linguistic, Reflecting on, Estimated, Mess, Literacy, Formal, All-encompassing, Collate, Unsatisfactory, Fast-forward, Scene was set, Stabilise, Anomalies, Peculiarities, Set things straight, Hang on, Exceptions, Convoluted, Messy, Organism, Gargantuan, Rivalry, Harmless, Busies, Tracing, Unpleasant, Unappreciated, Extensive, Buried, Highlighted, Adapt, From scratch, Evolving


Full transcript and key vocabulary available on the website www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/the-story-of-a-fantastic-dictionary


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English Learning for Curious Minds is a podcast aimed at intermediate level English speakers and above, where listeners learn fascinating things about the world while learning English.

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