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  • The computer and particularly the body of available scanned literature, has changed lexicography.
  • Without question this modern American dictionary is one of the most surprisingly complex and profound documents ever to be created, for it embodies unparalleled etymological detail, reflecting not only superb lexicographic scholarship, but also the dreams and speech and imaginative talents of millions of people over thousands of years—for every person who has ever spoken or written in English has had a hand in its making….
    Andrew Clements  --  Frindle
  • Liddell & Scott and the Homeric lexicographer, Autenrieth, cite three occurrences in The Iliad.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • And here be it said, that whenever it has been convenient to consult one in the course of these dissertations, I have invariably used a huge quarto edition of Johnson, expressly purchased for that purpose; because that famous lexicographer’s uncommon personal bulk more fitted him to compile a lexicon to be used by a whale author like me.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • He was Noah Webster, then at the beginning of his stormy career as a lexicographer.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Noah Webster, editor, author, lexicographer, and staunch Federalist, declared it time to stop newspaper editors from libeling those with whom they disagreed, and to his friend Timothy Pickering wrote to urge that the new law be strictly enforced.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • And when asked his opinion, Settembrini recommended a lexicographic work currently in preparation, entitled Sociology of Suffering; but the only person to second this suggestion was a bookdealer who had recently joined Fraulein Kleefeld’s table.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • In fact, the Lexicographer’s name was always on the lips of this majestic woman, and a visit he had paid to her was the cause of her reputation and her fortune.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Fetch stonecrop mixt with cedar and branches of lilac, This is the lexicographer, this the chemist, this made a grammar of the old cartouches, These mariners put the ship through dangerous unknown seas.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • William Kenrick, in 1773, seems to have been the first English lexicographer to denounce this pronunciation.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language

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  • How I wish I could present him and my beloved girls to the friend of my youth, and the ADMIRED of the great lexicographer of our country!
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The friend of the Lexicographer had plenty of information to give.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • They meet the ends of [Pg034] purely descriptive lexicography, but largely leave out of account some of the most salient characters of a living language, for example, pronunciation and idiom.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • In the principles of religion and morality, Miss Sedley will be found worthy of an establishment which has been honoured by the presence of THE GREAT LEXICOGRAPHER, and the patronage of the admirable Mrs. Chapone.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • His American Dictionary was not only thoroughly American: it was superior to any of the current dictionaries of the English, so much so that for a good many years it remained "a sort of mine for British lexicography to exploit."
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The English lexicographer, John Walker, had argued for this "affectation" in 1791, but Webster’s prestige, while he lived, remained so high in some quarters that he carried the day, and the older professors at Yale, it is said, continued to use /natur/ down to 1839.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • He was already the acknowledged magister of lexicography in America, and there was an active public demand for a dictionary that should be wholly American.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Then he read the first sentence from the introduction: Without question this modern American dictionary is one of the most surprisingly complex and profound documents ever to be created, for it embodies unparalleled etymological detail, reflecting not only superb lexicographic scholarship, but also the dreams and speech and imaginative talents of millions of people over thousands of years—for every person who has ever spoken or written in English has had a hand in its making.
    Andrew Clements  --  Frindle
  • § 3 /The Influence of Webster/—At the time of the first settlement of America the rules of English orthography were beautifully vague, and so we find the early documents full of spellings that would give an English lexicographer much pain today.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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