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Academy Dictionaries 1600–1800 by John Considine (review)

Academy Dictionaries 1600–1800 by John Considine (review) Academy Dictionaries 1600­1800 by John Considine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp. xii + 259. $99.99. ISBN 978-1-10707112-4 cholars read boring and mediocre books--disorganized, selfindulgent, clotted, jargon-stuffed, uninspired. It's a professional responsibility; one must stay on top of one's subject. Scholars write those books, too. As I type this, I may have yours in mind; as you read it, you may be thinking of mine. Well, it's all in a day's work. Rarely does one feel it's a privilege to read a scholarly work, but when I finished the last sentence of John Considine's Academy Dictionaries 1600­1800, I felt that privilege--I felt intellectual satisfaction and a humane connection to the subject I had not imagined on opening the book--and knew that I would soon read the whole book again, with yet more pleasure and benefit than in the first instance. By the academy dictionaries of the title, Considine means simply those compiled under the auspices of national language academies-- like the Accademia della Crusca, in Italy, and the Académie française-- and those influenced essentially by such dictionaries, though themselves academy-less. "These dictionaries constitute a tradition," Considine writes, with the following specific characteristics: All of them depended on the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America Dictionary Society of North America

Academy Dictionaries 1600–1800 by John Considine (review)

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Academy Dictionaries 1600­1800 by John Considine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. Pp. xii + 259. $99.99. ISBN 978-1-10707112-4 cholars read boring and mediocre books--disorganized, selfindulgent, clotted, jargon-stuffed, uninspired. It's a professional responsibility; one must stay on top of one's subject. Scholars write those books, too. As I type this, I may have yours in mind; as you read it, you may be thinking of mine. Well, it's all in a day's work. Rarely does one feel it's a privilege to read a scholarly work, but when I finished the last sentence of John Considine's Academy Dictionaries 1600­1800, I felt that privilege--I felt intellectual satisfaction and a humane connection to the subject I had not imagined on opening the book--and knew that I would soon read the whole book again, with yet more pleasure and benefit than in the first instance. By the academy dictionaries of the title, Considine means simply those compiled under the auspices of national language academies-- like the Accademia della Crusca, in Italy, and the Académie française-- and those influenced essentially by such dictionaries, though themselves academy-less. "These dictionaries constitute a tradition," Considine writes, with the following specific characteristics: All of them depended on the

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Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North AmericaDictionary Society of North America

Published: Jan 11, 2016

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