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Google Doodle honours Samuel Johnson, the father of modern dictionary

Son of a bookseller, Johnson published "A Dictionary of the English Language" in 1755 after nine years of work

IANS  |  New Delhi 

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Grabbing a to know the meaning a word may now have become a thing of the past in the online world, but Doodle on Monday decided to honour Samuel Johnson, the man who compiled a mammoth of the 150 years before the Oxford English appeared.

Son of a bookseller, Johnson published "A of the English Language" in 1755 after nine years of work.

On what would have been his 308th birthday, Doodle paid homage to Johnson for being a "pioneer lexicographer who dedicated years to his craft."

Johnson was described as "one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship," and had a far-reaching effect on modern English.

It was described as the premier English until the publication of the Oxford English 150 years later.

Johnson was also a poet, essayist, critic, biographer and editor.

"Johnson's was more than just a word list: his work provided a vast understanding of 18th century's language and culture. His lasting contributions guaranteed him a place in literary history," said.

First Published: Mon, September 18 2017. 14:13 IST