Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Dry As A Dictionary
The phrase was common during the 19th Century. For a short time after Noah Webster came out with his dictionary there was an outcry in magazines and other publications at the time, to no longer use the phrase. But I found it continuing to be used through out the later part of the century as well. You can also find the phrase in use of reviews of books. In fact, Theodore Roosevelt referred to his biography in the same manner.