lexicography
Definition - The writing or compiling of dictionaries.

Notes:
1. In contrast to lexicology, which is the study of words.

Example -
For an elegant explanation of the process, see The preface to Samuel Johnson's Dictionary.

Etymology -
The word ultimately derives from the Greek lexikographos (from lexikon, wordbook + graphos, writer).

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation is from 1680:
"I shall therefore only make some few reflexions upon Etymology and Syntax, supposing Orthography to belong to Lexicography."
(Dalgarno Deaf & Dumb Man's Tutor vii. 59,)

Quotation -
Such is the fate of hapless lexicography, that not only darkness, but light, impedes and distresses it; things may be not only too little, but too much known, to be happily illustrated.
(Source: From Johnson's Dictionary, Preface Bij (1755))



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