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My Woes in Editing Samuel Johnson’s Words

by Dariannie Merced-Calderon Samuel Johnson was an 18th century English writer, lexicographer, and literary figure who made significant contributions to English literature and language. Johnson’s most prominent contribution was his dictionary titled “A Dictionary of the English Language.” At a time where English was not standardized, Johnson’s dictionary was the most comprehensive English dictionary at the time and was the...

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Johnson’s Dictionary Online: A Logophile’s Dream

by Bianca Zoe Jimenez (they/them/theirs) Johnson’s Dictionary: A Brief Introduction Samuel Johnson crafted the most prolific comprehensive English dictionaries of his time. Unbeknownst to him, Johnson wrote a historic book that exists as a snapshot into the political, social, and cultural landscape of the 18th century. Prior to writing his magnum opus, Johnson was also an essayist, poet, and playwright....