Monday, 15 April 2013

The Daily Teaser — 15-4-2013: Dr Johnson’s Dictionary

That’s a bit worrying … 

You’ve possibly worked out I’m not working at the moment.   One that’s grateful for the benefits he receives and happily hunting for work in these iffy times.

One worry … ?   Is the simple fact that a benefit cap starts rolling out, today.

For single men like me, total benefits are to be capped at £350 per week: the idea is to make work more attractive.

I think leaves me relatively unaffected.   But does leave me wondering if I’d get the usual grant one gets given, on starting a new job.   And frankly … ?   Frankly, I’m wondering where the jobs are that we’re supposed to be getting are coming from … 

Let’s move on, shall we?   Before I start to rant … 


Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi putting in her answers: along with letting us know about Maryland’s rather changeable weather*, she also scored five out of five.

Let’s see how she — and you — do with today’s questions, shall we … ?

Hear they are, along with the ‘How To’, License and video … 

Q1) 15th April saw the first publication of Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language.   In which English city … ?
Q2) More to the point, in which year of the 1750s … ?
Q3) Dr Johnson was from which country of Great Britain … ?
Q4) Johnson’s also been diagnosed — posthumously — with what … ?
Q5) What was the name of Samuel Johnson’s biographer … ?
Q6) And finally … what’s the last word in the original edition of the dictionary … ?

And here — sans pictures — are yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) What’s does this sign mean?
A1) No Right Turn.
Q2) This arrow … ?
A2) Keep Left.
Q3) This one: with the cars on?
A3) No Overtaking.
Q4) This ‘P’ … ?
A4) Parking.
Q5) Finally … the cow … ?
A5) Cattle Warning sign.
Enjoy those: I’ll leave you with this quote from Dr Johnson …
“… the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach, and even this negative recompense has been yet granted to very few.”
Dr Samuel Johnson, 18 September 1709 to 13 December 1784.
And with this piece from San Francisco street artist, Sam Johnsonª … !

*        Yeah, I know the shape of that one, Debbi: right now, it’s sunny: I fully expect rain, by the time I get out of the front door … !   (Have fun with the jar of Marmite, by the way.   I love the stuff: but I’m also aware that one Marmite ad campaign — that told us you either love it or hate it — was the ad industry telling the truth, for once.   People literally love it or hate it!)

ª        Weird what you find on YouTube …


Adrence Apong said...

1. Amsterdam, City of dreams!
2. 1759
3. All hail Britania!
4. Panda eyes symptom?
5. Lemme be honest, it's me.
6. Adrence, it means AWESOME!

Debbi said...

I remember that ad! :) I posted it on my old blog, along with the one from "The Hate Party". I'm looking forward to trying it. How do you recommend it? On toast, sandwiches or what? :)

1. London
2. 1755
3. England
4. Tourette syndrome
5. James Boswell
6. zyzzyva