03/01/2011 12:57 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Satirical Dictionaries: Their Indefinable Charm

The success of the Twitter feed purporting to be the 140-character updates of none other than Dr Samuel Johnson, in which wry, satirical definitions are given to common words, would seem to be a very 21st-century phenomenon.

The real Dr Johnson died in 1784 -- but it was his devotion to lexicography that paved the way for Tom Morton, the man behing the tweets, to offer gems such as "Valentine (n.) Patron-Saint of avaricious Florists & the MAWKISH: his Feast mark'd by Consumption of pinkish Victuals" on the social networking site.


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