Johnson's Dictionary - Oats

Here Johnson gives a very unusual definition for the word oats: 'a grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people.' The description reveals his low opinion of the Scots.

Taken from: Dictionary of the English Language
Author / Creator: Johnson, Samuel
Publisher: J. & P. Knapton, London
Date: 1755
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: 680.k.12,13