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Speaking of a dull tiresome fellow , whom he chanced to meet , he said , “ That
fellow seems to me to possess but one ... at last Johnson observed , that he did
not care to speak ill of any man behind his back , but he believed the gentleman ...
... in that continued and expanded kind of argument which is requisite in stating
complicated matters in publick speaking ... who mentioned that Johnson had told
him , that he had several times tried to speak in the Society of Arts and Sciences ...
... Johnson says , speaking of Mrs . Thrale ' s family , ' Dr . Beattie sunk upon us
that he was married , or words to that purpose . I am not sure that I understand
sunk upon us , which is a very uncommon phrase : but it seems to me to imply (
at absolute perfection in this respect ; not to speak High English , as we are apt to
call what is far removed from the Scotch , but which is by no means good English
, and makes “ the fools who use it ” truly ridiculous . Good English is plain ...
If a bull could speak , he might as 3 [ So also Butler , Hudibras , P . II . c . i . v . 845
. “ A Persian Emperor whipt his grannam , The sea , his mother Venus came on . ”
M . ] well exclaim , - Here am I with this cow ĘTAT . 64 . DR . JOHNSON . 229.
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