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24,975. If you speak to the prophets again, ask for a dictionary. (Star Trek & Dictionary) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Reckoning s6e21, Dax to Sisko
30,401. In 1755 Johnson’s great masterpiece was published ... It was this two-volume Dr Johnson’s dictionary of the English language. (Great Britain & England & Dictionary) David Dimbleby: Seven Ages of Britain: Age of Money
31,066. 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. (England & George IV & Dictionary & Book) Blackadder III: Ink & Incapability, Prince to Blackadder
31,067. It’s the most pointless book since How to Learn French was translated into French. (England & George IV & Dictionary & Book) ibid. Blackadder to Prince
31,070. 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? (England & George IV & Dictionary & Book) ibid. Baldrick to Blackadder
31,072. Sir, I have been unable to replace the dictionary. I am therefore leaving immediately for Nepal where I intend to live as a goat. (England & George IV & Dictionary) ibid. Blackadder to Prince
31,073. Blackadder: Yes, and your definition of dog is?
Baldrick: Not a cat. (England & George IV & Dictionary & Dog) ibid.
31,074. Sir, I hope you are not using the first English dictionary to look up rude words? (England & George IV & Dictionary) ibid. Dr Johnson to Prince
31,075. Nothing a roaring fire can’t solve. Baldrick do the honours, will you. (England & George IV & Dictionary) ibid. Blackadder
70,129. What a comfort a Dictionary is! Lewis Carroll
70,130. Dictionaries are like watches, the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true. Samuel Johnson
70,131. My lad chewed and swallowed a dictionary. We gave him Epsom salts – but we can’t get a word out of him. Les Dawson
96,972. ‘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. (Dictionary & Words & Language) George Orwell, 1984