Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Selections from Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary: “A”

Edited by Dan Leo, LL.D., Professor of 18th Century Gender Studies; Assistant Touch Football Coach, Olney Community College; author of Bozzie and Dr. Sam: The Case of the Periwigged Perpetrator (the Olney Community College Press).

Illustrated by rhoda penmarq for “penmarq productions™. “In my book a ‘penmarq production’ means a high-tone production!” – Horace P. Sternwall, author of the best-selling novel Boulevard of the Damned (the Olney Community College Press).

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Abactor. Those who drive away or steal cattle in herds, or great numbers at once, in distinction from those that steal only a sheep or two.

Abarticulation. A good and apt construction of the bones, by which they move strongly and easily; or that species of articulation that has manifest motion.

Aberuncate. To pull up by the roots; to extirpate utterly.

Abbey-Lubber. A slothful loiterer in a religious house, under pretence of retirement and austerity.

Abhor. To hate with acrimony; to detest to extremity; to loath.

Abligurition.  A prodigal spending on meat and drink.

Adorement. Adoration; worship; a word scarcely used.

Acephalous. Without a head. 

Adolescence. The age succeeding childhood, and succeeded by puberty; more largely, that part of life in which the body has not yet reached its full perfection.

Accubation. The antient posture of leaning at meals.

Adder's-grass. The name of a plant, so named because serpents lurk about it.

Admurmuration. The act of murmuring, or whispering to another.

Aphilanthropy.  Want of love to mankind.

Adorableness. The quality of being adorable; worthiness of divine honours.

Adventurer. He that seeks occasions of hazard; he that puts himself in the hands of chance.

Anthropophaginian. A ludicrous word, formed by Shakespeare from anthropophagi, for the sake of a formidable sound.

(We shall continue our serialization of Boswell’s Life of Johnson next week. Sponsored in part by Fox’s U-bet™ chocolate syrup, “Kosher for Passover!”)


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