Description - The Evolution of English Lexicography (Dodo Press) by James A H Murray
When the 'Act to facilitate the provision of Allotments for the Labouring Classes' was before the House of Commons in 1887, a well-known member for a northern constituency asked the Minister who had charge of the measure for a definition of the term allotment, which occurred so often in the Bill. The Minister somewhat brusquely told his interrogator to 'look in the Dictionary, ' at which there was, according to the newspapers, 'a laugh. ' The member warmly protested that, being called upon to consider a measure dealing with things therein called 'Allotments', a term not known to English Law, nor explained in the Bill itself, he had a right to ask for a definition. But the only answer he received was 'Johnson's Dictionary! Johnson's Dictionary! ' at which, according to the newspapers, the House gave 'another laugh, ' and the interrogator subsided.
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