Johnson’s Dictionary

Jul 31, 2021 • Wikireadia

Published on 15 April 1755 and written by Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language, sometimes published as Johnson’s Dictionary, is among the most influential dictionaries in the history of the English language. There was dissatisfaction with the dictionaries of the period, so in June 1746 a group of London booksellers contracted Johnson to write a dictionary for the sum of 1,500 guineas (£1,575), equivalent to about £250,000 in 2021.

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Wikipedia contributors. April 9, 2021. A Dictionary of the English Language. (n.d.). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 27, 2021, from

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