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Subject:RE: OT: A Note on the Type From:"Tim J. Slager" <TSlager -at- isdcorporation -dot- com> To:"Janoff, Steve" <sjanoff -at- illumina -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Thu, 21 Oct 2010 17:13:09 -0400
"Harmless drudge" is, of course, a nod to Samuel Johnson's 1755 definition of lexicographer:
'a writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.'
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Subject: RE: OT: A Note on the Type
This is a nice one, Tammy -- thank you for posting.
Continuing on the topic of front matter, this is one of my favorite
excerpts from front matter, from the Preface to Merriam-Webster's
Dictionary of English Usage (that Preface being written by E. Ward
Gilman, the volume's Editor):
"It is the fate of most of the harmless drudges in the lexicographical
world to receive their most material tribute in the unread front matter
of a book. This time-honored tradition will be continued here." (He
then goes on to list the contributors.)
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