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Preface to a Dictionary of the English Language [Kindle Edition]

Samuel Johnson
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Among these unhappy mortals is the writer of dictionaries; whom mankind have considered, not as the pupil, but the slave of science, the pionier of literature, doomed only to remove rubbish and clear obstructions from the paths through which Learning and Genius press forward to conquest and glory, without bestowing a smile on the humble drudge that facilitates their progress. Every other authour may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach, and even this negative recompense has been yet granted to very few.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 107 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1419142801
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082RS2SA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The man who taught us how to spell 8 Dec. 2012
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Dr Johnson did more than any other individual to standardise the English language in the form in which we now use it - spelling, derivations, grammar, idiom and all, and he did it through his Dictionary. The Preface is readable, not too long and illustrates very well the principles on which he worked. His own opinions come through strongly, but he recognised clearly that language is ultimately in the hands not of lexicographers but of those who use it, and ultimately even the most pedantic of scholars have to bow to common usage once established. It's a good and useful read for anyone interested in the history of the English language, which even in Johnson's day had acquired a global reach though not yet the predominance it would attain (replacing French) by 1900.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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2.0 out of 5 stars Odd purchase 6 Jun. 2013
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A bit of a peculiar dictionary this. Couldn't quite work out what it was all about. Still no doubt somebody can find a use for it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars HOW DOES ONE USE THIS IN KINDLE 8 May 2013
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Not very good
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2.0 out of 5 stars Preface to Dictionary of the English language 22 April 2013
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Didn't use it. I wasn't what I thought it would be. It may suit some people but just not for me
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3.0 out of 5 stars it's okay 24 Mar. 2013
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I have read a lot off dictionaries on paper and I found it hard to find meanings off words etc. This is my view I have to get used to the Kindle format but I still found the book interesting.
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