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Grammar

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Grámmar. n.s. [grammaire, French; grammatica, Latin; γραμματικὴ.]

  1. The science of speaking correctly; the art which teaches the relation of words to each other.

    We make a countryman dumb, whom we will not allow to speak but by the rules of grammar. Dryden's Dufresnoy.

    Men, speaking language according to the grammar rules of that language, do yet speak improperly of things. Locke.

  2. Propriety or justness of speech; speech according to grammar.

    Varium & mutabile semper femina, is the sharpest satire that ever was made on woman; for the adjectives are neuter, and animal must be understood to make them grammar. Dryden.

  3. The book that treats of the various relations of words to one another.

Sources: Dryden, John (782) · Locke, John (266)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Grammar." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 27, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=12745.


  1. Varium & mutabile semper femina means “woman is ever a fickle and changeable thing.”

  2. Brandi on November 27th, 2012 at 11:27 pm
  3. “Men, speaking language according to the grammar rules of that language, do yet speak improperly of things. Locke”

    So, who’s right, John Locke or the Chicago Manual of Style? My view is that the “Academy qua ‘Industry’,” is a serious inhibition to American intellectual achievement. Not, all the time, but frequently. Just a thought. Respectfully yours, Bone-head

    “Varium et muabile semper femina” – is still cute in some circles, but a career buster in a whole lotta companies…

  4. dave langdon on January 23rd, 2014 at 6:32 am

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