“A Compendious English Grammar,” in A New General English Dictionary.

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Creator

Thomas Dyche & William Pardon

Title

“A Compendious English Grammar,” in A New General English Dictionary.

Publisher

Richard Ware

Date

1737

Coverage

London

Subject

2d ed.

Description

First published eight years after Dyche’s death in 1727, this book was one of the more important pre-Johnson English dictionaries. The “Compendious Grammar” consists of ten pages in the front matter—an early instance of prefacing a dictionary with a grammar. Dyche (or Pardon) wrote: “The vulgar error among the generality of people is that young persons are necessitated to learn the Latin, or Lily’s Grammar, to understand English.”