Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Selections from Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary: “C”

Edited by Dan Leo, LL.D., Assistant Professor of Remedial English Composition, Assistant Croquet Coach, Olney Community College; author of Bozzie and Dr. Sam: The Case of the Obstreperous Papist (the Olney Community College Press).

Illustrated by rhoda penmarq with the assistance of roy dismas and eddie el Greco . A “penmarq studios™” production. “The  ‘penmarq studios™’are to be commended for their many and multifarious outstanding contributions to the cultural commonweal.” – Horace P. Sternwall, author of “Night Soil” and other Stories of the Slums, the Olney Community College Press. 

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Cachinnation.  A loud laughter.

Cackerel. A fish, said to make those who eat it laxative.

Cackle. To make a noise as a goose.

Cake. A kind of delicate bread.

Camelopard. An Abyssinian animal, taller than an elephant, but not so thick. He is so named, because he has a neck and head like a camel; he is spotted like a pard, but his spots are white upon a red ground. The Italians call him giaraffa. 

To Caw. To cry as the rook, raven, or crow.

Chair. A moveable seat.

Chiliaedron. A figure of a thousand sides.

Christmas. The day on which the nativity of our blessed Saviour is celebrated, by the particular service of the church.

Clownery. Ill-breeding; churlishness; rudeness; brutality.

Cotquean. A man who busies himself with women's affairs.

Crapulous. Drunken; intemperate; sick with intemperance.

Crocitation. The croaking of frogs or ravens. 

Crucigerous. Bearing the cross.

Cynanthropy. A species of madness in which men have the qualities of dogs.

Cynick. A philosopher of the snarling or currish sort; a follower of Diogenes; a rude man; a snarler; a misanthrope.

(We will resume our serialization of Boswell’s Life of Johnson next week. This project made possible in part through the sponsorship of Bob’s Bowery Bar™, at the corner of Bleecker and the Bowery:  “Warm in the winter and cool in the summer: serving fine drinks and comestibles from 7am to 4am seven days a week. Try Bob’s 'Homemade' Scrapple Sandwich, the sure cure for even the most persistent hangover!”)


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