Monday, November 22, 2010

"I only know what I know"

profound apologies to Chet Baker

hedge-pig. A young hedgehog.

Such is the exuberance of signification, which many words have obtained, that it was scarcely possible to collect all their senses; sometimes the meaning of derivatives must be sought in the mother term, and sometimes deficient explanations of the primitive may be supplied in the train of derivation.

Do you love them?

Samuel Johnson
The Dictionary, 1755
1st Modern Library Edition, 1965

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