After nine years of strenuous labor, Samuel Johnson finished his Dictionary of the English Language in 1775, setting the standard for the next two centuries. Now, the old English gent has
been resurrected on Twitter by newly-minted author Tom Morton. "Samuel Johnson" has
nearly 20,000 people following his, "acerbic, aphoristic wit," which creates new definitions for modern terms:
Foursquare (n.) electronick Catch-Me-If-You-Can whereby a Fool may mark his Territory, as might a Feral CAT
Dr. Johnson joins hundreds of other humorous fake Twitter accounts (other notables include Old Hoss Radbourn, fake Gary Busey, and fake Michael Bay). But Dr. Johnson, aka Tom Morton, is one of the few who has been able to translate his tweeting success into a book deal. In the "modern dictionary," he re-writes Johnson's masterpiece, defining 21st century terms in the archaic, often humorous language of the original. The Daily Mail showcases some highlights from his forthcoming work:
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Cartographic espionage whereby one peers into the homes of strangers on pretence of consulting the map.
Infernal cupboard that can raise a fruit-pie unto the temperature of a blacksmith's forge.
Perverse exchange where the money'd interest do happily trade a Cwt of silver-coin for a carrot of good provenance.
Wan electrick-candle that creates the effeckt, not so much of light, but of a spectre in the room
Merely the pox inject'd into the brow by a barber surgeon; a capital invention.
Electronick diary unto which earnest fools do commit their innermost thoughts, safe that no man shall ever read them.
Carriage so tiny that it does appear as a wheel'd cage for a giant.