When Christopher Histchens wanted to illustrate the want of some people to get offended, he told the following anecdote, that may be true or not, but interesting none the less.

Dr. Samuel Johnson, the great lexicographer, compiler of the first dictionary of the English language.

When it was complete, Dr. Johnson was waited upon by various delegations of people to congratulate him, of the nobility, of the quality, of the Commons, of the Lords — and also by a delegation of respectable ladies of London, who tended on him at his Fleet Street lodgings, and congratulated him.

Dr. Johnson,” they said, we are delighted to find that you have not included any indecent or obscene words in your dictionary.”

Ladies,” said Dr. Johnson, I congratulate you on being able to look them up.”

Here’s the video.

February 9, 2024