Google’s tribute to Dr Johnson
Posted: 18 September 2017 05:28 AM   [ Ignore ]
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There’s a nice Google Doodle today honouring Samuel Johnson on the occasion of his 308th birthday. (He was irascible enough in his 60s and 70s, God knows what he’s like now.) Press Play and the Dictionary opens to show the title page then flips over to a page with, I assume, the entry for the word lexicographer highlighted. I thought it quite pleasing. I’m not sure if this is the first lexicographer to get a Doodle but let’s hope it isn’t the last.

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Posted: 18 September 2017 05:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Offhand, the only other lexicographers who come to mind who are famous enough to be likely candidates are Noah Webster and James Murray. (If Russia were a greater part of our cultural world, Vladimir Da(h)l would also be up there.)

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Posted: 18 September 2017 08:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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What an extraordinary man Dal was. (I’ve just read the linked wiki on him.) The fact that I’ve never heard of him before makes me feel very insular BTW I love the idea of Nabokov reading 10 pages of the dictionary every day and taking note of new expressions and words.

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