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my-definition-dictionary-cant-be-found-in-dictionary-dictionarya-linguistic-prison-confining-words-to-welldefined-cells-with-little-chance-parole-jarod-kintz
i-bought-dictionary-first-thing-i-did-was-i-looked-up-word-dictionary-it-said-youre-asshole-demetri-martin
will-i-have-to-use-dictionary-to-read-your-book-asked-mrs-dodypol-it-depends-says-i-how-much-you-used-dictionary-before-you-read-it-alexander-theroux
we-think-people-go-to-dictionary-to-find-out-what-word-means-most-people-go-to-dictionary-because-they-dont-want-to-look-stupid
you-invented-words-you-gave-me-dictionary-you-said-these-are-what-words-mean-well-this-is-what-they-mean-to-you-but-to-someone-else-they-have-got-charles-manson
LEXICOGRAPHER, n. A pestilent fellow who, under the pretense of recording some particular stage in the development of a language, does what he can to arrest its growth, stiffen its flexibility and mechanize its methods. For your lexicographer, having written his dictionary, comes to be considered "as one having authority, " whereas his function is only to make a record, not to give a law. The natural servility of the human understanding having invested him with judicial power, surrenders its right of reason and submits itself to a chronicle as if it were a statue. Let the dictionary (for example) mark a good word as "obsolete" or "obsolescent" and few men thereafter venture to use it, whatever their need of it and however desirable its restoration to favor - whereby the process of improverishment is accelerated and speech decays. On the contrary, recognizing the truth that language must grow by innovation if it grow at all, makes new words and uses the old in an unfamiliar sense, has no following and is tartly reminded that "it isn't in the dictionary" - although down to the time of the first lexicographer (Heaven forgive him!) no author ever had used a word that was in the dictionary. In the golden prime and high noon of English speech; when from the lips of the great Elizabethans fell words that made their own meaning and carried it in their very sound; when a Shakespeare and a Bacon were possible, and the language now rapidly perishing at one end and slowly renewed at the other was in vigorous growth and hardy preservation - sweeter than honey and stronger than a lion - the lexicographer was a person unknown, the dictionary a creation which his Creator had not created him to create.

Ambrose Bierce
lexicographer-n-a-pestilent-fellow-who-under-pretense-recording-some-particular-stage-in-development-language-does-what-he-can-to-arrest-its-growth-stiffen-its-flexibility-mechan
life-is-our-dictionary-ralph-waldo-emerson
the-dictionary-contains-no-metaphors-paul-ricoeur
youre-like-dictionary-you-know-word-is-in-there-but-you-need-to-know-how-to-spell-what-you-want-first-aaron-withers
i-looked-up-fairness-in-dictionary-it-was-not-there-william-giraldi
for-me-there-is-no-such-word-as-luck-in-dictionary
if-word-in-dictionary-were-misspelled-how-would-we-know-steven-wright
acedia-is-not-in-every-dictionary-just-in-every-heart-mignon-mclaughlin
the-word-impossible-is-not-in-my-dictionary-napoleon-bonaparte
when-i-need-to-know-meaning-word-i-look-it-up-in-dictionary-william-safire
if-you-have-big-enough-dictionary-just-about-everything-is-word-dave-barry
the-devil-will-use-our-words-his-dictionary-adrian-rogers
impossibility-is-dictionary-word-sri-chinmoy
if-word-in-dictionary-were-mispelled-how-would-we-know-steven-wright
ive-been-in-whos-who-i-know-whats-what-but-itll-be-first-time-i-ever-made-dictionary-mae-west
when-you-look-up-hilarious-in-dictionary-theres-picture-you-jonathan-safran-foer
in-dictionary-satyagraha-there-is-no-enemy-mahatma-gandhi
who-is-to-say-who-is-villain-who-is-hero-probably-dictionary-joss-whedon
the-dictionary-is-however-only-rough-draft-monique-wittig
theres-no-such-thing-as-unabridged-dictionary-jack-lynch
for-me-there-is-no-such-word-as-luck-in-dictionary-fabrice-muamba
dictionary-the-universe-in-alphabetical-order-anatole-france
nature-is-dictionary-one-draws-words-from-it-eugene-delacroix
the-dictionary-is-ossuary-empty-words-augusto-roa-bastos
i-put-phrygian-cap-on-old-dictionary-victor-hugo
this-is-god-who-is-not-identified-with-help-dictionary-but-through-relationship-kathleen-norris
he-has-never-been-known-to-use-word-that-might-send-reader-to-dictionary-william-faulkner
youre-like-dictionary-you-add-meaning-to-my-life-shannon-dermott
every-time-i-have-to-look-up-word-in-dictionary-im-delighted-vivienne-westwood
republican-comes-in-dictionary-just-after-reptile-just-above-repugnant-julia-roberts
cults-use-our-vocabulary-but-they-dont-use-our-dictionary-charles-r-swindoll
faith-is-what-replaces-doubt-in-my-dictionary
i-am-sole-author-dictionary-that-defines-me-zadie-smith
the-dictionary-is-the-only-place-where-success-comes-before-work
the-only-place-where-success-comes-before-work-is-in-the-dictionary
you-do-not-find-knowledge-in-dictionary-only-information-w-edwards-deming
my-dictionary-has-no-such-expression-as-violent-fight-mahatma-gandhi
i-was-reading-the-dictionary-i-thought-it-was-a-poem-about-everything
id-have-to-agree-with-the-dictionary-girls-before-guys
in-dictionary-cat-mercy-is-missing-jane-hirshfield
unbelievable-is-stupidest-word-in-dictionary-matthew-mcconaughey
there-are-few-good-ways-to-get-publicity-for-dictionary
youll-find-sympathy-in-dictionary-between-sht-suicide-roddy-piper
in-old-timethere-was-king-as-wise-as-dictionary-anne-sexton
the-only-place-success-comes-before-work-is-in-the-dictionary
truth-only-has-one-story-while-lie-has-dictionary-ryan-trinderjames
i-agree-with-the-dictionary-girls-before-guys
the-dictionary-is-wonderful-thing-but-you-cant-let-it-push-you-around-mary-norris
facts-are-not-science-as-the-dictionary-is-not-literature
you-know-youre-arizona-native-when-you-have-to-look-up-mass-transit-in-dictionary-paul-johnson
look-up-definition-rejection-in-dictionary-get-really-comfortable-with-it-then-maybe-you-can-go-into-acting-loni-anderson
its-in-dictionary-and-when-i-find-what-it-is-ill-write-it-down-in-case-it-comes-up-again-ill-be-certain-to-avoid-it-aimee-mann
if-youre-looking-for-sympathy-youll-find-it-between-shit-and-syphilis-in-the-dictionary
the-word-gratitude-is-not-part-hollywood-dictionary-harry-cohn
are-there-any-more-beautiful-words-in-english-dictionary-than-see-you-tomorrow-jennifer-flackett
the-word-impossible-has-been-must-remain-deleted-from-our-dictionary-ingvar-kamprad
if-you-cant-attract-woman-you-are-by-dictionary-definition-sterile-mystery
to-open-dictionary-beyond-discover-what-one-suspected-that-only-word-in-it-is-nothing-mark-strand
strike-struggle-precede-success-even-in-dictionary
it-is-intolerance-to-speak-toleration-away-with-word-from-dictionary-victor-de-riqueti
the-word-gratitude-is-not-part-hollywood-dictionary
who-ever-says-words-cant-hurt-you-has-never-got-hit-in-the-face-with-a-dictionary
the-only-place-you-find-success-before-work-is-in-the-dictionary
the-only-place-success-precedes-work-is-in-the-dictionary
impossible-is-a-word-only-to-be-found-in-the-dictionary-of-fools
poetry-consists-in-a-rhyming-dictionary-and-things-seen
achievement-is-by-dictionary-definition-a-product-of-struggle
the-egyptians-were-the-first-to-create-a-dream-dictionary-in-4000-bc
in-throes-passion-i-threw-out-i-love-you-did-i-mean-it-does-dictionary-mean-what-it-says-jarod-kintz
i-looked-up-standard-in-dictionary-there-are-eleven-different-definitions-dave-winer
the-greatest-masterpiece-in-literature-is-only-dictionary-out-order-jean-cocteau
impossible-is-word-to-be-found-only-in-dictionary-fools-napoleon-bonaparte
if-you-look-up-definition-news-in-dictionary-it-isnt-what-you-watch-on-tv-val-kilmer
if-you-look-up-definition-greatness-in-dictionary-it-will-say-michael-jordan-elgin-baylor
life-is-thick-dictionary-where-you-can-find-meaning-anything-gwenth
i-finally-got-around-to-reading-dictionary-turns-out-zebra-did-it-steven-wright
nonsense-n-the-objections-that-are-urged-against-this-excellent-dictionary-ambrose-bierce
could-explosion-in-printing-shop-produce-dictionary-russell-m-nelson
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