What is Nathaniel Bailey?

  • (noun): English lexicographer who was the first to treat etymology consistently; his work was used as a reference by Samuel Johnson (died in 1742).
    Synonyms: Bailey, Nathan Bailey

Famous quotes containing the words bailey and/or nathaniel:

    I never cared for fashion much, amusing little seams and witty little pleats: it was the girls I liked.
    —David Bailey (b. 1938)

    There is the grand truth about Nathaniel Hawthorne. He says NO! in thunder; but the Devil himself cannot make him say yes. For all men who say yes, lie; and all men who say no,—why, they are in the happy condition of judicious, unincumbered travellers in Europe; they cross the frontiers into Eternity with nothing but a carpet-bag,—that is to say, the Ego. Whereas those yes-gentry, they travel with heaps of baggage, and, damn them! they will never get through the Custom House.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)