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Fopdoodle and Salmagundi: Words and Meanings from Dr Samuel Johnson's Dictionary That Time Forgot By Samuel Johnson

Fopdoodle and Salmagundi: Words and Meanings from Dr Samuel Johnson's Dictionary That Time Forgot
by Samuel Johnson

Fopdoodle, salmagundi, kissingcrust, runnion and stingo are all endangered for lack of use. This work reveals a selection of over 1000 entries in Dr Johnson's famous dictionary first published 250 years ago that show how meanings have changed, words have slipped out of use and attitudes have been transformed often with hilarious consequences.
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Fopdoodle and Salmagundi: Words and Meanings from Dr Samuel Johnson's Dictionary That Time Forgot Summary


This is a book of words and meanings that urgently need your help. Fopdoodle, salmagundi, kissingcrust, runnion and stingo are all endangered for lack of use. Since Samuel Johnson completed his dictionary scores of words, such as fizgig, jobbernowl and sponk have slipped away from common usage. You will very likely never have heard of most of them while some will be known but not used. Scores of others have definitions so obscure that you wonder why a word was needed at all. Was it necessary to have quite so many different words to describe the less fortunate members of society? Many, such as atom (cannot be split) and urinal (where water is kept for inspection) have changed their meaning completely, often with hilarious consequences. Some, such as tea (lately drunk in Europe) and coffee (comforteth the brain and heart) are included to provide a glimpse of life 250 years ago. Others such as Dragon (perhaps imaginary) and Swallow (a bird that hides in winter) show as yet unfilled gaps in understanding. "Fopdoodle and Salmagundi" will delight anyone who is fascinated by the evolution, humour and eccentricity of the English language or enjoys the challenge of a word game. In compiling this selection of little used and unfrequented gems of our language the editor makes the simple request that you slip them into conversation in the hope that their use will be perpetuated. They really are too good to lose.

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Sku
GOR001234398
Title
Fopdoodle and Salmagundi: Words and Meanings from Dr Samuel Johnson's Dictionary That Time Forgot
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Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Year published
Number of pages
208
ISBN 10
1873590636
ISBN 13
9781873590638
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N/A
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