Since this is a Samuel Johnson (XVIII) quotation, it's nothing to do with computer. He said: "A thousand stories which the ignorant tell, and believe, die away at once when the computist takes them in his gripe."
I've found that "medieval computists' were those respoոsible for cаlculаtiոg the dаte of Eаster. But it's no help, I can't understand the quotation. Could you please explain it to me? Thank you.
Hello Meliss, welcome to Using English!
In Johnson's day, a "computist" was indeed someone who made astronomical calculations, largely in relation to the calendar. "Gripe" is "grip".
I don't recognize the quotation; but it seems that Johnson meant "When we examine a popular story with the rigour we would apply to mathematics or science, we often find that it has no basis in truth".
All the best,
Look, folks (isn't it too informal?), thank you very much ineed! I'm so touched by your attention and help. Isn't it great sitting in Kyiv to be helped by somebody from England or USA?! Thanks again.
You're welcome, Meliss!
Have a very pleasant Monday,