from the ten-minutes-well-spent dept.
Fellow fans of The BlackAdder will feel as chuffed as I to know "Dr Johnson" did, in fact, write the first Dictionary of the English Language (despite failing to receive the patronage of Prince George because of Baldric's sausage). It took him 9 years because a certain butler persisted in discombobulating him.
But who amongst you knew the word "alligator" was an invention on William Shakespeare? Next time you're having difficulty rhyming with the words purple, orange or even toilet - just invent something!
(List of English words without rhymes: http://goo.gl/YqS1Z)
This analytical overview of the development of the "English" language is a fantastic watch - and I guarantee you will learn something fun!