What’s on Google Today – Samuel Johnson’s 308th Birthday Google Doodle Animation


What's on Google Today - Samuel Johnson's 308th Birthday Google Doodle Animation


Google Doodle paid homage to British lexicographer Samuel Johnson who published the Johnson’s: A Dictionary of the English Language in the year 1755. The dictionary, 18 inches tall, was termed “one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship.” The dictionary had a far reaching effect on the modern English Language.

It took Samuel Johnson approximately nine years to compile the dictionary. He had initially intended to finish it in three years, but because he only worked on it during the afternoons, the time period increased. Samuel has been described by the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history”.

What's on Google Today - Samuel Johnson's 308th Birthday Google Doodle Animation

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Today’s doodle animation has Johnson’s definition of “lexicographer” — ‘a writer of dictionaries; a harmless drudge that busies himself in tracing the original and detailing the signification of words’. The animated doodle designed in honor of Johnson was put together by Google doodler Sophie Diao. It comprises of a picture of the writer within his “Dictionary of the English Language.” Highlighting the word lexicographer, google doodle animation leads users to a search for “Samuel Johnson.”

As stated by the Google Doodle maker team, “Johnson was also a poet, essayist, critic, biographer and editor. Johnson’s dictionary was more than just a word list: his work provided a vast understanding of 18th century’s language and culture. His lasting contributions guaranteed him a place in literary history.”

The Doodle is available in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia along with a handful of other countries spread across North Africa, Asia and Europe. Other countries might be viewing a Google Doodle celebrating the fifty fifth anniversary of Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park, and internet users of Chile will view a Doodle designed for their country’s National Day.

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