The Giving and Taking of Life

Burtchaell, James T.

University of Notre Dame, 1989

p. 285

“Shortly after his great Dictionary was published, Samuel Johnson was approached at a social gathering by a lady of fashion. ‘My dear Doctor Johnson,’ she said, ‘I do commend you on your magnificent dictionary. What I especially appreciated,’ she confided, ‘was that you did not include any of those vulgar or obscene words.’ ‘Oh, Madam!’ replied Johnson, ‘you looked?”’