He Knew The Word

Samuel Johnson died on this day, December 13th in 1784. Johnson’s Dictionary was published in 1755 and can still be found in most large libraries in one edition or another. Though not as overtly satirical as Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary, Johnson nonetheless peppered his work with wit and opinion.  He was also rightly accused of overcomplicating his definitions. For example, he defined “network” as

…anything reticulated or decussated at equal distances, with interstices between the intersections.

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