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A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson
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Title Page

Origin

Samuel Johnson

Type

Dictionary

Effects

Increase Or Decreases The Users Vocabulary to 42,773 words

Downsides

Quote speak under Tourette's movements

Activation

Reading

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

The Library Section

Aisle

024-1048

Shelf

13947-42847-813

Date of Collection

17.14.2013

[Source]


OriginEdit

Commissioned by a group of booksellers to Samuel Johnson, which took nine years to complete. Often described as the most influential dictionary of the English language. It was used until the completion of The Oxford English Dictionary more than a century later. Many words included authorly quotes to demonstrate how each was used in language, especially for multiple definitions. Rife with weird spellings, a lack of pronunciation and a gigantic size made it a specialized purchase but the most comprehensive buy of the time.

Johnson himself flitted between squalor and poverty during his writing years. His works allowed him to not scrounge for pences every day, even though he never became rich. Conditions such as gout, deafness, scrofula, depression and stroke haunted his health. An autopsy 200 years after led researchers to believe Johnson had a case of Tourette syndrome and OCD. Contemporary accounts from fellow workers indicated he had many repetitive movements and tics. For his occupation, Johnson is held as an example of what areas Tourette patients can excel in.

EffectsEdit

Tones the user's vocabulary to 42,773 words total. The words will be at the back of their mind and called upon when the moment seems best fit. Every definition will be known to them, but which particular words remain a mystery until actively called upon.

Unusual or overlooked words are often spoken in verbatim quote from other writers. The sudden weirdness of hearing an old-fashioned monologue actually impresses more people given how smoothly the speaker weaves the relevant text into the conversation. Causes mild displays of Tourette syndrome, usually large hand gestures but other times sudden dancing or noises.

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