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Funny Quotations about Dictionaries

quotations about dictionaries

Dictionaries, repositories of language, are pivotal in the preservation and evolution of our means of communication. They capture the breadth and depth of a language, its cultural nuances, historical context, and the ever-changing tapestry of meanings. In their silent pages lie the power to define, explain, and unify.

This collection of funny quotations offers a tribute to dictionaries. They reflect on their role in language learning, their contribution to knowledge, and their inherent charm for language lovers. These quotations, drawn from writers, scholars, and linguists, highlight the importance of dictionaries in our linguistic journey, their capacity to encapsulate cultures, and their vital role in the continuity of language. Whether you're a wordsmith, a language student, or someone fascinated by the evolution of language, these quotations will deepen your appreciation for the indispensable lexicon that is a dictionary

"I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything." Steven Wright (American comedian, 1955-)

"If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?" Steven Wright (American comedian, 1955-)

"Spellings are made by people. Dictionaries – eventually – reflect popular choices." David Crystal (British linguist, 1941-)

"Dictionary – opinion expressed as truth in alphabetical order." John Ralston Saul (Canadian political philosopher 1947-)

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary." Vince Lombardi (American football coach, 1913-1970)

"If you have a big enough dictionary, just about everything is a word." Dave Barry (American author, 1947-)

"Dictionaries are like *watches.*churches.*dogs.* The worst is better than none and the best cannot be expected to go quite true." Samuel Johnson (English lexicographer, 1709-84)

"People are under the impression that dictionaries legislate language. What a dictionary does is keep track of usages over time." Steven Pinker (Canadian-American psychologist, 1954-)

"Facts are not science – as the dictionary is not literature." Martin H. Fischer (German-born American physician and author, 1879-1962)

"We are becoming so accustomed to millions and billions of dollars that 'thousands' has almost passed out of the dictionary." Everett Dirksen (American politician, 1896-1969)

"Big dictionaries are nothing but storerooms with infrequently visited and dusty corners." Richard W. Bailey (American lexicographer, 1939-2011)

"The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order." Jean Cocteau (French dramatist and film director, 1889-1963)

"Short dictionaries should be improved because they are intended for people who actually need help." William Empson (English poet and literary critic, 1906-84)

A bad business, opening dictionaries; a thing I very rarely do. I try to make it a rule never to open my mouth, dictionaries, or hucksters' shops. Flann O'Brien (Irish novelist, 1911-66)

Defining what is unknown in terms of something equally unknown. Flann O'Brien (Irish novelist, 1911-66) describing dictionaries

I've been in Who's Who, and I know what's what, but it'll be the first time I ever made the dictionary. Mae West (American actress, 1892-1980) talking about an inflatable life jacket being named after her

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