The dictionary of the English language is published on the 15th of April 1755


The dictionary of the English language is published on the 15th of April 1755, it was written by Samuel Johnson. The dictionary was sometimes published as “Johnson’s dictionary” it’s one of the most effective or influential dictionaries in the history of ‘English language’. But there was discontent with the dictionaries of the time. So a group of London booksellers in June 1746 made a deal with Johnson to write a dictionary for sum of 1500 “Guineas” it was their money at that time. Its equivalent to 220K pound in 2017. It took him seven years to complete the dictionary although he said he can finish it in 3 years. And remarkably, he did it by himself with only clerical help to copy out the illustrative quotation that he had highlighted in books. He made many revised editions during his life career.
Until the completion of “Oxford English dictionary” one hundred seventy three years later, Jonson’s dictionary was viewed as the surpassing English dictionary. “The dictionary easily ranks as one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship, and probably the greatest ever performed by one individual who laboured under anything like the disadvantages in a comparable length of time”. (Jackson, W. 1977)