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.
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- 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
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