Dr Johnson's Dictionary of Modern Life: Survey, Definition & justify'd Lampoonery of divers contemporary Phenomena, from Top Gear unto Twitter

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Random House, Sep 2, 2010 - Humor - 264 pages

In 2009 Dr Samuel Johnson made a surprise re-emergence from eighteenth century retirement and began Twittering.

It proved the perfect vehicle for his acerbic, aphoristic wit and he has quickly become the darling of the site. The Guardian calls him the 'greatest' thing on Twitter and the Telegraph dubs him its 'star'.

Our gouty man of letters finds the modern world in a parlous state. It is peopled with fools like "Raisin-ey'd Tyrant Mister Nick GRIFFIN" and "BABOON-SLAYER, Fop, Macaroni, Dandy & Folderol, Mister AA Gill". His attempts to negotiate a path through the vagaries of modern life do not fare well either - for instance, on a trip to "Mister LIBERTY'S blast'd Haberdashery", upon finding "all else clad as Lumber-Jacks, I left thwart'd & alone... unwilling to dress as an unmanly Pastiche of Mister COBAIN."

In his Dictionary of Modern Life, our gouty man of letters takes a wickedly funny look at all things modern. From Top Gear and the Daily Mail to Dubstep and Celebrity Big Brother, nothing escapes his sardonic gaze.

 

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Contents

Section 1
49
Section 2
64
Section 3
91
Section 4
106
Section 5
135
Section 6
146
Section 7
149
Section 8
156
Section 9
176
Section 10
199
Section 11
202
Section 12
216
Section 13
257
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About the author (2010)

The latter-day Dr Johnson is AKA Tom Morton. Tom was born in Berkshire in 1973 and studied Politics as Bristol University. He has spent the last fouteen years working in advertising. Thanks to an inspiring history teacher at school, he has always had a soft spot for the eighteenth century. This is his first book.

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