Today’s Word:Boswell

Word: Boswell

PRONUNCIATION:

(BOZ-wel)

MEANING:

noun: A biographer, especially one who records in detail the life of another and who obtains information through close observation of the subject.

ETYMOLOGY:

After James Boswell (1740-1795), Scottish lawyer, diarist, and author, who was a companion and biographer of the lexicographer Samuel Johnson. He wrote the biography “Life of Samuel Johnson”. Earliest documented use: 1858.

USAGE:

“There has been a cooling of relations between Mr. Buffett and Ms. Schroeder, his Boswell, who spent five years researching and writing his biography.”
Leslie Wayne; Buffett Cancels Event With Biographer; The New York Times; Feb 3, 2009.

“Thierry Guetta is both their Boswell and their stalker, filming, filming, filming, always.”
Michael Phillips; Movie Review: Exit Through the Gift Shop; Chicago Tribune; Apr 29, 2010.
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