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—A Dictionary of the English Language, 1766, by Samuel Johnson
We are more heavily taxed by our idleness, pride and folly, than we are taxed by government.
To load with a burden or burdens.
To assess, fix or determine judicially, as the amount of cost on actions in court; as, the court taxes bills of cost.
To charge; to censure; to accuse; usually followed by with; as, to tax a man with pride. He was taxed with presumption.
—The American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828, by Noah Webster
More from Wyatt Mason:
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”