Writers’ Blokke
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Writers’ Blokke

Forbidden Words

Restore their power

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The title of this essay comes from Modern American Usage, by Wilson Follett. The subject of it reminds me of a story about Dr. Samuel Johnson, the great eighteenth-century British lexicographer who compiled the first modern dictionary of the English language. According to the story, which is told in Dictionaries and That Dictionary, an anthology edited by James Sledd and Wilma R. Ebbitt, Dr. Johnson was approached…

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