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" When we see men grow old and die at a certain time one after another, from century to century, we laugh at the elixir that promises to prolong life to a thousand years; and with equal justice may the lexicographer be derided who, being able to produce... "
Wit and Wisdom of Samuel Johnson - Σελίδα 261
των Samuel Johnson, George Birkbeck Norman Hill - 1888 - 323 σελίδες
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The Idea of Progress in Eighteenth-century Britain

David Spadafora, James Spada - 1990 - 464 σελίδες
...nature, as well as from the variety of incidents which affect all sublunary things." Even Johnson, "being able to produce no example of a nation that...preserved their words and phrases from mutability, " conceded that neither his nor any other "dictionary of a living tongue ever can be perfect, " since...
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Native Informant: Essays on Film, Fiction, and Popular Culture

Leo Braudy - 1991 - 304 σελίδες
...of human nature becomes more explicit towards the middle of the Preface: When we see men grow old an die at a certain time one after another, from century...their words and phrases from mutability, shall imagine that his dictionary shall embalm his language, and secure it from corruption and decay, that it is...
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Words that Teem with Meening [sic]: Copenhagen Views on Lexicography

Jørgen Erik Nielsen - 1992 - 155 σελίδες
...now begin to fear that I have indulged expectations which neither reason nor experience can justify. When we see men grow old and die at a certain time...their words and phrases from mutability, shall imagine that his dictionary can embalm his language and secure it from corruption and decay, that it is in...
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The Language Web: The Power and Problem of Words - The 1996 BBC Reith Lectures

Jean Aitchison - 1997 - 139 σελίδες
...(figure I .3 ). In the preface to his dictionary, he said: When we see men grow old and die . . ., we laugh at the elixir that promises to prolong life...equal justice may the lexicographer be derided, who . . . shall imagine that his dictionary can embalm his language . . . With this hope, however, academies...
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Samuel Johnson and the Culture of Property

Kevin Hart - 1999 - 244 σελίδες
...reason nor experience can justify' (para. 84). To determine a language once and for all is a vain wish: When we see men grow old and die at a certain time...their words and phrases from mutability, shall imagine that his dictionary can embalm his language, and secure it from corruption and decay, that it is in...
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Out of Place: Englishness, Empire, and the Locations of Identity

Ian Baucom - 1999 - 280 σελίδες
...begin to fear that I have indulged expectation which neither reason nor experience can justify. . . . With equal justice may the lexicographer be derided,...their words and phrases from mutability, shall imagine that it is in his power to embalm his language, and secure it from corruption and decay. . . . With...
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Words on Words: Quotations about Language and Languages

David Crystal, Hilary Crystal - 2000 - 580 σελίδες
...and perfectible - in one word, human. Otto jespersen, 1909, A Modem English Grammar, Preface, I 7:44 When we see men grow old and die at a certain time...their words and phrases from mutability, shall imagine that his dictionary can embalm his language, and secure it from corruption and decay, that it is in...
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When Information Came of Age: Technologies of Knowledge in the Age of Reason ...

Daniel R. Headrick - 2000 - 246 σελίδες
...time his dictionary was completed eight years later, Johnson had recognized the futility of that aim: When we see men grow old and die at a certain time...equal justice may the lexicographer be derided, who . . . shall imagine that his dictionary can embalm his language, and secure it from corruption and...
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Defining Language: A Local Grammar of Definition Sentences

Geoff Barnbrook - 2002 - 280 σελίδες
...Language (Johnson, 1773) shows that, in practice, he did not find the exercise quite so straightforward: When we see men grow old and die at a certain time...their words and phrases from mutability shall imagine that his dictionary can embalm his language, and secure it from corruption and decay, that it is in...
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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

David Crystal, Honorary Professor of Linguistics David Crystal - 2003 - 499 σελίδες
...nnot be kept static, and that standards always ange. Dr Johnson was one who derided the notion: Ъeп we see men grow old and die at a certain time one er another, we laugh at the elixir that promises to prolong e to a thousand years; and with equal justice...
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