Quotation by Samuel Johnson

Lexicographer: a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.
Samuel Johnson (1709–1784), British author, lexicographer. Dictionary of the English Language (1755).

"Every other author may aspire to praise," wrote Johnson in his Preface, "the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach, and even this negative recompense has been yet granted to very few." Under the entry for Dull, Johnson gave the following illustration: "To make dictionaries is dull work."
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