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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine TV - David Dimbleby TV - Blackadder TV - Lewis Carroll - Samuel Johnson - Les Dawson - George Orwell -  

 

 

 

If you speak to the prophets again, ask for a dictionary.  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s6e21: The Reckoning, Dax to Sisko

 

 

In 1755 Johnsons great masterpiece was published ... It was this two-volume Dr Johnsons dictionary of the English language.  David Dimbleby: Seven Ages of Britain: Age of Money, BBC 2010

 

 

I shall become best friends with the cleverest man in England.  That renowned brainbox Dr Samuel Johnson has asked me to be patron of his new book and I intend to accept.  Blackadder III: Ink & Incapability, Prince to Blackadder, BBC 1987

 

It’s the most pointless book since How to Learn French was translated into French.  ibid.  Blackadder to Prince

 

So you’re asking where the big papery thing tied up with string belonging to the batey fellow in the black coat who just left is?  ibid.  Baldrick to Blackadder

 

Sir, I have been unable to replace the dictionary.  I am therefore leaving immediately for Nepal where I intend to live as a goat.  ibid.  Blackadder to Prince

 

Blackadder: Yes, and your definition of dog is?

 

Baldrick: Not a cat.  ibid.

 

Sir, I hope you are not using the first English dictionary to look up rude words?  ibid.  Dr Johnson to Prince

 

Nothing a roaring fire can’t solve.  Baldrick do the honours, will you.  ibid.  Blackadder

 

 

What a comfort a Dictionary is!  Lewis Carroll

 

 

Dictionaries are like watches, the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.  Samuel Johnson

 

 

My lad chewed and swallowed a dictionary.  We gave him Epsom salts – but we can’t get a word out of him.  Les Dawson

 

 

‘The Eleventh Edition is the definitive edition,’ he said.  ‘We’re getting the language into its final shape – the shape it’s going to have when nobody speaks anything else.  When we’ve finished with it, people like you will have to learn it all over again.  You think, I dare say, that our chief job is inventing new words.  But not a bit of it!  We’re destroying words – scores of them, hundreds of them, every day.  We’re cutting the language down to the bone.  The Eleventh Edition won’t contain a single word that will become obsolete before the year 2050.  George Orwell, 1984