Google honors dictionary writer Samuel Johnson with new Doodle

Samuel Johnson

With Google's doodle tribute to Samuel Johnson on what would have been his 308th birthday, the evolution of the modern dictionary comes full circle.

The British lexicographer published the Johnson's: A Dictionary of the English Language in 1755.

It took about 8 years to write the dictionary, and was assisted by 6 assistants, until the dictionary was published on April 15, 1788, and a dictionary was more important than it was.

After all, best, not first is a popular business philosophy for a reason.

According to Wikipedia, Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and is described by the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history".

As well as creating a special animated Doodle, Google has also compiled some of Johnson's best and funniest definitions. Lexicographer- A writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.

Born September 18, 1709, Johnson suffered from tuberculosis as a child and was left disfigured as a result. It was the most used dictionary till the Oxford English Dictionary came about nearly 150 years later.

He didn't just explained the words but his work also provided an insight into the era's culture.

The rise of search engines is responsible in part for the decline in dictionary sales, making Google's tribute somewhat ironic. He is remembered for his contributions to the English language and literature as a poet, essayist, critic, biographer and lexicographer.

Dictionaries as books may be vanishing fast, but before the onset of the Internet, they were the only source to know a word's meaning, pronunciation, origin etc.

After a series of illnesses, he died on 13 December 1784, and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

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