In this entertaining update of his original dictionary, the curmudgeonly Dr Johnson takes a sardonic look at all things modern, from David Cameron to barbecue to Crocs (Idiot-Badge for the feet). This is very amusing.
In 2009 Dr Samuel Johnson made a surprise re-emergence from eighteenth century retirement and began Twittering. It proved the perfect vehicle for his acerbic, aphoristic wit and he has now become the darling of the site. The Guardian calls him the 'greatest' thing on Twitter and the Telegraph dubs him its 'star'. As far as the Doctor is concerned, the modern world is in a parlous state. It is peopled with fools like "BABOON-SLAYER, Fop, Macaroni, Dandy & Folderol, Mister AA Gill" and "Pugilistick orange-hue'd Meat-Joint Mister Alex REID". His attempts to negotiate a path through the vagaries of modern life do not fare well. Here he is on culture- "Bereft of Ticketry for Avatar, I have paint'd myself with WOAD & plac'd stain'd Glass athwart my EYES to replickate it". And here are his thoughts on fashion- at "Mister LIBERTY'S blast'd Haberdashery" finding "all else clad as Lumber-Jacks"- "I left thwart'd & alone unwilling to dress as an unmanly Pastiche of Mister COBAIN." In his Dictionary of Modern Life, our gouty man of letters takes a wickedly funny look at all things modern. From Top Gear and the Daily Mail to Dubstep and Celebrity Big Brother, there is nothing