Dictionary Quotes

Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.

Me not no Oxford don me a simple immigrant from Clapham Common I didn’t graduate I immigrate I ent have no gun I ent have no knife but mugging de Queen’s English is the story of my life. I don’t need no axe to split/up yu syntax I don’t need no hammer to/mash up yu […]

Gratitude is a useless word. You will find it in the dictionary but not in life.

Lexicographer, n. A pestilent fellow who, under the pretense of recording some particular stage in the development of a language, does what he can to arrest its growth, stiffen its flexibility and mechanize its methods. For your lexicographer, having written his dictionary, comes to be considered “as one having authority,” whereas his function is only […]