Samuel Johnson has nearly completed his dictionary, and visits his sponsor the Prince Regent. Unfortunately, the illiterate Baldrick burns the manuscript leaving Blackadder the impossible task of recreating in one weekend what it took Johnson nearly a decade to write.
Did You Know?
The original English Dictionary, written by Samuel Johnson, actually took only six years to create and not ten, as this episode indicates. Also, the word "aardvark" wouldn't have been in the dictionary anyway as the word hadn't entered the English language yet. See more
Blackadder calls Baldrick's plan "the stupidest thing we've heard since Lord Nelson's famous signal at the Battle of the Nile, 'England knows Lady Hamilton is a virgin. Poke my eye out and cut off my arm if I'm wrong.'" However, Nelson lost his eye in Corsica and his arm in Tenerife, in actions that took place long before the Battle of the Nile. See more
Someone said I had the wit and intellect of a donkey.
Oh, an absurd suggestion sir, unless it was a particularly stupid donkey.
Spoofs That Hamilton Woman