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“He Was Dull in a New Way”

On this date in 1775, Samuel Johnson makes the following assessment of poet Thomas Gray: “Sir, he was dull in company, dull in his closet, dull every where. He was dull in a new way, and that made people think … Continue reading

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The Birth of the Original Wordsmith

Sir James Murray, Scottish lexicographer and philologist, was born on this date in 1837. He was the primary editor of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED); by the time he died in 1915, Murray had himself prepared almost half of the … Continue reading

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“Wise” to the End of “W”

On this date in 1928, the 125th and final section  of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.

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Webster’s Dictionary First Published on This Date

Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the English Language on this day in 1828.

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