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 refers to his novel as a "roller-coaster". This term was coined by two Americans in 1887, when King George IV (the Prince Regent) had been dead for 57 years. See more
"Medium-sized insectivore with protruding nasal implement." Doesn't sound much like a bee to me!
It's an aardvark your highness, can't you see that? It's a bloody aardvark!