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If these phrases sound like gibberish, you must not be hep—or at least you haven’t read the Hepster’s Dictionary , a glossary of Harlem jive that is thought to be the first dictionary written by an African American.

The 1938 dictionary was the work of Cab Calloway, the influential bandleader and jazz legend known as the “Hi De Ho” man. His small book didn’t just document a moment in Harlem’s vibrant history—it helped introduce African American slang to white America. The language it helped preserve still lives on in American English, in terms like boogie-woogie, “come again?”, zoot suit, and even hep (now hip).

The book was little more than a slender pamphlet, but one with deep roots. In the early 20th century, the growing popularity of jazz coincided with the Great Migration , a movement of African Americans from the South to Northern cities. As black people headed to urban areas in search of new opportunities, Harlem became a growing center of African American music and culture.

All content on this website, including dictionary, thesaurus, literature, geography, and other reference data is for informational purposes only. This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.

If these phrases sound like gibberish, you must not be hep—or at least you haven’t read the Hepster’s Dictionary , a glossary of Harlem jive that is thought to be the first dictionary written by an African American.

The 1938 dictionary was the work of Cab Calloway, the influential bandleader and jazz legend known as the “Hi De Ho” man. His small book didn’t just document a moment in Harlem’s vibrant history—it helped introduce African American slang to white America. The language it helped preserve still lives on in American English, in terms like boogie-woogie, “come again?”, zoot suit, and even hep (now hip).

The book was little more than a slender pamphlet, but one with deep roots. In the early 20th century, the growing popularity of jazz coincided with the Great Migration , a movement of African Americans from the South to Northern cities. As black people headed to urban areas in search of new opportunities, Harlem became a growing center of African American music and culture.

Published on 15 April 1755 and written by Samuel Johnson , A Dictionary of the English Language , sometimes published as Johnson's Dictionary , is among the most influential dictionaries in the history of the English language .

There was dissatisfaction with the dictionaries of the period, so in June 1746 a group of London booksellers contracted Johnson to write a dictionary for the sum of 1,500 guineas (£1,575), equivalent to about £220,000 in 2018. [1] Johnson took seven years to complete the work, although he had claimed he could finish it in three. Remarkably, he did so single-handedly, with only clerical assistance to copy out the illustrative quotations that he had marked in books. Johnson produced several revised editions during his life.

Until the completion of the Oxford English Dictionary 173 years later, Johnson's was viewed as the pre-eminent English dictionary. According to Walter Jackson Bate , the Dictionary "easily ranks as one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship, and probably the greatest ever performed by one individual who laboured under anything like the disadvantages in a comparable length of time". [2]



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