Samuel Johnson's Insults: A Compendium of Snubs, Sneers, Slights and Effronteries from the Eighteenth Century Master

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Jack Lynch
Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 26, 2009 - Humor - 128 pages

Lackbrain, oysterwench, wantwit, clotpoll--Samuel Johnson's famous dictionary of 1755 contained some of the ripest insults in the English language. In Samuel Johnson's Insults, Jack Lynch has compiled more than 300 of the curmudgeonly lexicographer's mightiest barbs, along with definitions only the master himself could elucidate.

Word lovers will delight in flexing their linguistic muscles with devilishly descriptive vituperations that pack a wicked punch. Many of these zingers have long lain dormant. Some have even come close to extinction. Now they're back in all their prickly glory, ready to be relished once more.

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This, as is appropriate to Johnson, is a dictionary of insulting terms, not a list of insults used by Johnson, although plenty are thrown in as examples. Johnson's insults were apparently not portable ... Read full review



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Jack Lynch, a Johnson scholar and professor of English at Rutgers University, is the editor of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary and the author of The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson.

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