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Sunday, July 23, 2017

All the words!

In the early 18th C there was a kind of mania for "dictionaries". While often oriented to the rapidly expanding vocabulary of English, they also covered many distinct subjects.
Many Victorians in the 19th C would recognize these subjects.
Some persist to this day others have faded from the main stream of academic pursuits.

This is from "The New World of Words: or a Universal English Dictionary" by John Philips, first published in 1706, (edited by John Kersey 6th edition). The 6th edition included, "A brief Explication of all terms that relate to the Arts and Sciences, either Liberal or Mechanical, viz."

Here is the list:
Grammar, Rhetorick, Logic, Theology, Law, Metaphysicks, Ethicks, Natural Philosophy, Natural History, Physick, Surgery, Anatomy, Chymistry, Pharmacy, Botanicks, Arithmetick, Geometry, Astronomy, Astrology, Cosmography, Hydrography, Navigation, Architecture, Fortification, Dialling, Surveying, Gauging, Opticks, Catopticks, Diopticks, Perspective, Musick, Mechanicks, Statics, Chiromanct, Physiognomy, Heraldry, Merchandise, Maritime and Military affairs, Agriculture, Gardening, Handicrafts, Jewelling, Painting, Carving, Engraving, Confectionery, Cookery, Horsemanship, Hawking, Hunting, Fowling, Fishing, etc.
I suspect there was still a lot included under "etc"

Keep your sightglass full, your firebox trimmed, and your water iced.


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