It was overshadowed by a new dictionary, twice as comprehensive, An English Expositour: Teaching the Interpretation of the hardest Words used in our Language, with sundry Explications, Descriptions, and Discourses. Its compiler, John Bullokar, otherwise left as faint a mark on the historical record as Cawdrey did. He was doctor of physic; he lived for some time in Chichester; his dates of birth and death are uncertain; he is said to have visited London in 1611 and there to have seen a dead crocodile; and litte else is known.1
A few points:
- Book titles in the 17th century were great.
- "Expositour" is a word that needs to regain currency.
- We all sometimes yearn to be remembered and fret that we will not. I am no exception. But if you are going to leave only "a faint mark on the historical record," you cannot beat Bullokar and "he is said to have visited London in 1611 and there to have seen a dead crocodile."
1 From The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick