Dr Johnson's Dictionary of Modern Life: Survey, Definition & Justify'd Lampoonery of Divers Contemporary Phenomena, from Top Gear unto Twitter

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In this hilarious update of his original Dictionary, bewigged lexicographer Dr Samuel Johnson takes a curmudgeonly look at modern life, from Celebrity Big Brother to dubstep In 2009 Dr Samuel Johnson made a surprise reemergence from 18th century retirement and began Twittering. It proved the perfect vehicle for his acerbic, aphoristic wit and he has quickly become the darling of the site. The Guardian calls him the "greatest" thing on Twitter and the Telegraph dubs him its "star." Our gouty man of letters finds the modern world in a parlous state. It is peopled with fools like "Raisin-ey'd Tyrant Mister Nick GRIFFIN" and "BABOON-SLAYER, Fop, Macaroni, Dandy & Folderol, Mister AA Gill." His attempts to negotiate a path through the vagaries of modern life do not fare well either—for instance, on a trip to "Mister LIBERTY'S blast'd Haberdashery," upon finding "all else clad as Lumber-Jacks, I left thwart'd & alone... unwilling to dress as an unmanly Pastiche of Mister COBAIN." From Top Gear and the Daily Mail to David Cameron and Celebrity Big Brother, nothing escapes his sardonic gaze.

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The latter-day Dr Johnson is aka Tom Morton. He works in advertising, and this is his first book.

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"An actual genius."  —Ben Goldacre, author, Bad Science

"Hilarious."  —Peter Serafinowicz, actor and comedian

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