Samuel Johnson's Birthday: Google Celebrates His Birthday With A Doodle


Samuel Johnson's Birthday: Google Celebrates His Birthday With A Doodle

Gradually after the ascent of the digital era, dictionary lost its spot to Google. Though, it's important to note that Johnson's was not the first dictionary, but the ones that preceded him were of poor quality, while the committed Tory's version had wit and the explanations were quite entertaining.

Monday's Google Doodle honored English author Dr. Samuel Johnson on the 308th anniversary of his birth.

A keen lexicographer, Johnson spent nine years compiling A Dictionary Of The English Language, completed and published in 1755.

The company decided that they should decorate the logo to mark cultural moments and it soon became clear that users really enjoyed the change to the Google homepage.

He married Elizabeth "Tetty" Johnson, a widow and mother-of-three nearly 20 years his senior, in 1735.

Johnson, born in 1709 in Staffordshire, England to a bookseller and his wife made a dictionary that was almost 18 inches tall.

Google on Monday has created a doodle honouring Samuel Johnson, the man wrote the English language's most comprehensive dictionary in the 1750s.

"Samuel Johnson was a fine poet, a good if solemn essayist and an inspired critic of other people's writings", Adam Gopnik wrote about Johnson in The New Yorker. As per Indian Express report, it was described as "one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship", and had a far-reaching effect on modern English. It provided valuable insights into the language and culture of 18th century.

Dictionaries as books may be vanishing fast, but before the onset of the Internet, they were the only source to know a word's meaning, pronunciation, origin etc. Similarly he also defined his profession of lexicographer in an amusing way.

Lexicographer, noun: A writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.