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Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language Published

Written by literary scholar Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language was the first comprehensive English lexicographical work ever undertaken and is among the most influential dictionaries in the history of the English language. Remarkably, Johnson completed the work nearly single-handedly over a period of nine years. Unlike most modern lexicographers, he introduced humor into a number of his more than 42,000 definitions. What are some examples?




Tuk-tuks are small vehicles used for urban transport. They are especially popular in the traffic-congested and densely populated cities of Southeast Asia, such as Bangkok. Often employed as taxis, tuk-tuks usually have sheet metal bodies with canvas roofs and drop-down or removable sides. They rest on three wheels—one in front and two in back—have a small cabin for the driver, and seating for up to three passengers. Rather than steering wheels, tuk-tuks possess what steering mechanism?

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Charles Willson Peale

Peale was an American painter, inventor, and naturalist. After studying painting in London, he returned to America and became the preeminent portrait painter of the middle colonies. A captain in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, he painted many portraits of his fellow officers. Later, he established a portrait gallery and founded the Peale Museum, the first major museum in the US. Peale is also known for having painted earliest known portrait of whom?

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