Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Selections from Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary: “I”

Edited by Dan Leo, Horace P. Sternwall Professor of Spelling and Penmanship, Life Skills Coach, Olney Community College; author of Bozzie and Dr. Sam: The Zombies of Mayfair; the Olney Community College Press.

Illustrations by rhoda penmarq; lettering by roy dismas; colors by eddie el greco; a penmarq multinational studios™ production.

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Iatroleptic.  That which cures by anointing.


Ichneumon.  A small animal that breaks the eggs of the crocodile.


Ichthyophagy.  Diet of fish; the practice of eating fish.


Iconoclast.  A breaker of images.


Idiot.  A fool; one without the powers of reason.

Life is a tale,
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
  Shakespeare’s Macbeth.


Idle.  Lazy; averse from labour.

For shame, so much to do, and yet idle.  Bull.


To Illaqueate.  To entangle; to entrap; to ensnare.

I am illaqueated, but not truly captivated into an assent to your conclusion.  More’s Divine Dialogues.


Illnatured.   Habitually malevolent; wanting kindness or goodwill; mischievous.

These ill qualities denominate a person illnatured, they being such as make him grievous and uneasy to all whom he deals and associates himself with.  South’s Sermons


Incest.  Unnatural and criminal conjunction of persons within degrees prohibited.

We may easily guess with what impatience the world would have heard an incestuous Herod discoursing of chastity.  South


Imp.  A subaltern devil, a puny devil. In this sense ‘tis still retained.

Such we deny not to be the imps and limbs of Satan.  Hook.


Intestine.  The gut; the bowel: most commonly without a singular.

The intestines or guts may be inflamed by an acid substance taken inwardly.  Arbuthnot on Diet.


Inthrall.  To enslave; to shackle; to reduce to servitude. A word now seldom used, at least in prose.

She soothes, but never can inthrall my mind:
Why may not peace and love for once be join’d.  Prior


Inustion.  The act of burning.


Inutility.  Uselessness; unprofitableness.


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