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In an episode of Blackadder, the protagonist’s stupid servant Baldrick uses the manuscript of Johnson’s dictionary to make a nice, warm fire. When the protagonist tries to rewrite the dictionary, Baldrick contributes: ‘Dog. Not a cat.’

In 1768- Encyclopaedia Britannica, it is written: WOMAN, the female of man. See HOMO.

Maybe we should have a milder view on Baldrick.

(See for the EB entry: Harvey Einbinder, The Myth of Britannica, London 1964, p. 33)

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