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lexicography

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Definition the act of writing dictionaries
  • The computer and particularly the body of available scanned literature, has changed lexicography.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The friend of the Lexicographer had plenty of information to give.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • 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
  • Were one to ask Larousse to define the word cabinet, the acclaimed lexicographer might reply: A piece of furniture often adorned with decorative detail in which items may be stowed away from sight.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • Thick, heavy folios, containing the labors of lexicographers, commentators, and encyclopedists, were flung in, and, falling among the embers with a leaden thump, smouldered away to ashes like rotten wood.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth's Holocaust
  • 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
  • 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
  • He was Noah Webster, then at the beginning of his stormy career as a lexicographer.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • 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
  • 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
  • So nearly universal is this nasalization in the United States that certain American lexicographers have sought to found the term upon /bran/ and not upon /brand/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • It held the field for half a century, not only against Worcester and the other American lexicographers who followed him, but also against the best dictionaries produced in England.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • 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
  • Joseph E. Worcester and other rival lexicographers stood against many of his pronunciations, and he took the field against them in the prefaces to the successive editions of his spelling-books.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language

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