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Dr Johnson's Dictionary of Modern Life: Survey, Definition & justify'd Lampoonery of divers contemporary Phenomena, from Top Gear unto Twitter by [Johnson, Dr]
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"An actual genius" (Ben Goldacre)

"Hilarious" (Peter Serafinowicz)

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In this hilarious update of his original Dictionary, bewigged lexicographer Dr Samuel Johnson takes a curmudgeonly look at modern life, from Celebrity Big Brother to David Cameron.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1781 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224086685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224086684
  • ASIN: B004071256
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,590 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By SueKich TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Here is Dr Johnson on the Booker Prize: Cabal of Necromancers & Shamen meeting once yearly to endow but one Book with mythick Popularity.

Kindle: Tablet 'pon whose ephemeral Surface the reader may survey Works of Titillation and aver them to be learned Essays, &c

Nacho: triangulat'd Spanish Biscuit, flavour'd as a Footman's SHOE.

Cool dude, methinks.
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'Dr Johnson's Dictionary of Modern Life' was written (or compiled, I'm not sure which) by Tom Morton, based upon a number of Twitter posts.

To state the obvious, Morton's dictionary is book of definitions of modern things, e.g. gadgets, celebrities, TV programmes, bands etc, written in the style of Dr Johnson, complete with emphatic Capitals and words abbreviat'd.

Stylistically, it feels pretty much bang on the money and there were times when I had to remind myself that the good doctor was no longer in and feverishly commenting on the personalities and ne'er-do-wells of contemporary Britain. However, once the novelty of this had worn off, I started to pay closer attention to the definitions themselves and this is where things started to get a bit uncomfortable for me as a reader. There were times reading this book where I felt that the definitions weren't being witty, they were just being cruel. And I think that's the point - it's one thing to write in the style of Johnson, it's another to find something well-observed and witty to say.

On the whole, this book would be a great Christmas present for the language aficionado in your life. It'll provide much amusement as the turkey and brussels go down, although it will probably be one of those presents that gets put on a shelf Boxing Day and forgotten about. But that doesn't mean it won't bring joy to the world in that 24 hours and I for one would have been very glad to receive it as a gift.
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By T. Bently VINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was a bit sceptical of this book at first, suspecting the humour may be a little obvious. However, the update on Dr Johnson's Dictionary proves to be a delight and would make an ideal present for wordy friends. It's as if the great man himself has descended from his Regency tower to scrutinise the detritus of early 21st Century life.

My favourites:

X Factor: Saturday night ruin'd by Tear-Stain'd Orphan-Protector Mister Louis Walsh & his Retinue of singing Urchins

Innit: a Contraction of 'is it not', said for Emphasis: Admiral Byng was shot pour encourager les autres, innit

Superb!
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This is worth every penny. I had already read a preview of the book and knew what to expect but I find the humour consistently good throughout the book. Dipping into it at random brightens up the day!
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What we have here is a witty and amusing commentary on many aspects of modern life. Well, there are a number of these around, so what makes this different? Answer: the idea of presenting it as if it were written by Dr Johnson, not just in language but in attitude and in mordancy. The author has done a really good job, and the result is a book you can read through in great chunks or savour in small doses with equal enjoyment. Some of the pop culture references are already getting a little dated by that detracts little from what is a well-crafted and entertaining work. HINT- To get the best out of it, don't skim, take it slowly and read the words to yourself as you go, savouring every phrase.
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Hilarious. Got this yesterday and as I flick through, dip in and laugh out loud to I find myself looking at the world in a whole new way. "Dariylea - armour-plated Triangle of whitish Salt-Paste, once believ'd to be a distant Relative of Cheese". I'm now longing to discover his view of all not in this comprehensive volume that will help me take the little things in life a lot less seriously.
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This is a very funny book of comedic definitions referencing modern British pop culture. It's great to randomly open any page and be entertained.
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Although I did audibly guffaw several times (Danny Dyer, Paul Gascoigne amongst others) this book is wittily amusing rather than laugh out loud funny.
Highly recommended- diverse observations perceptively handled.
I wish I had thought of this myself.
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