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Saturday, 11 February 2012


  Seeking to get at the root of the mysterious fascination of the British for the "luminous flask," the "heavenly globe," the "platinum goblet" (Pablo Neruda), what more natural course could I follow than to start with master lexicographer Dr Johnson?

The answer came as no less than an epiphany:
Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Dictionary of the English Language, in which the Words are Deduced from their Originals, Explained in their Different Meanings, & Authorized by the Names of the Writers in whose Works they are Found
London: T. Longman, 1794.