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It is the fate of those who toil at the lower employments of life…
to be exposed to censure without hope of praise…
Among these unhappy mortals is the writer of dictionaries…
Every other author may aspire to praise;
the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach.
—Samuel Johnson (Dictionary of the English language, 1755)
Lexicography is the art and science of making dictionaries.
Video-An informal Introduction to LexicographyHelp us develop and publish minority language dictionaries online on Webonary.org: