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Samuel Johnson's 308th birthday marked with Google doodle for creating modern English dictionary
The internet search engine giant Google honours Samuel Johnson, father of modern English dictionary, on 308th birthday on September 18 with a simple animated doodle on its home page.

As a British lexicographer, his work 'A Dictionary of the English Language' was published in 1755 which was hailed as 'one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship' by linguists and he was called the father of modern English dictionary.

It is said that it took Johnson nine years to compile the dictionary through laborious work. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) as an English writer has made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer.

According to Wikipedia, Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and is described by the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history".

He has also been the subject of the most famous biography in English literature, namely 'The Life of Samuel Johnson' by James Boswell.

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