Browse through 5,000 of Samuel Johnson's extraordinary contributions to the English language. You know you're not looking up ordinary definitions when you read that a lexicographer is "a writer of dictionaries: a harmless drudge". Many of the words have gone completely out of fashion (abecedarian, billingsgate, clapperclaw, yux, and zeugma), but once you see their meanings, you may want to bring them back.

Johnson's Dictionary: A Modern Selection 1996, Cassell, London, England

ISBN-13: 9780304347056

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