The Cynic's Word Book

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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce 1842 1914 was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist Today, he is best known for his short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical lexicon, The Devil s Dictionary. The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto nothing matters earned him the ni

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  • The Cynic's Word Book
  • Ambrose Bierce
  • English
  • 24 October 2018
  • 9781973949381

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  1. says:

    goodreads, n Website designed to prevent people who enjoy books from finding time to read, v.i. Demonstrate, through a short essay, appreciation for one s own wit.

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    The devil s dictionary, Ambrose BierceThe Devil s Dictionary is a satirical dictionary written by American Civil War soldier, wit, and writer Ambrose Bierce consisting of common words followed by humorous and satirical definitions The lexicon was written over three decades as a series of installments for magazines and newspapers Bierce s witty definitions...

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    For years now, I ve kept the following definition tacked to my cubicle wall EDITOR, n A person who combines the judicial functions of Minos, Rhadamanthus and Aeacus, but is placable with an obolus a severely virtuous censor, but so charitable withal that he tolerates the virtues of others and the vices of himself who flings about him the splintering lightning and sturdy thunders of admonition till he resembles a bunch of firecrackers petulantly uttering his mind at the tail of a dog then straightway murmurs a mild, melodious lay, soft as the cooing of a donkey intoning its prayer to the evening star Master of mysteries and lord of law, high pinnacled upon the throne of thought, his face suffused with the dim splendors of the Transfiguration, his legs intertwisted and his tongue a cheek, the editor spills his will along the paper and cuts it off in lengths to suit And at intervals from behind the veil...

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    I know I know this is not a real dictionary, but I read the entries randomly, and sometimes I checked a word if there was an amusing definition when I was skimming reading this book That s why I put it as reference.I am tempted ...

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    Absolutely inspired Bierce s wit is a literary scalpel honed to a fineness that can slice exceptionalism at the molecular level Of a kind with the mighty Voltaire s Philosophical Dictionary, though featuring fewer multi paragraph cannonades of cutting, even cruel wit in lieu of broadly aimed and concisely barbed thrusts Finding myself stuck in a lengthy queue for the cashier when purchasing it along with a handful of other textual beauties scooped up second hand , I opened it to A and began reading the entries Absurdity, n A statement of belief manifestly inconsistent with one s own opinion. and damned if I didn t drop my dutifully dour comportment to take on that of an addled adolescent, giggling and snorting and, once or twice, guffawing, causing the other enervated customers idling with their monstrous sprog within the line to eye me askance, trying to decide if I was inebriated, insouciant, or insane For some reason, the following particularly ignited the mirthful engines within to induce a bout of tittering that proved a struggle to bestill and left a singularly shit eating grin etched upon my features right up until I managed to make it out the door Academe, n An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught Academy, n from academe A modern school where football is taught. Now, that dual entry does not represent Bierce at even half strength, yet it struck me immediately with its succin...

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    There may be none, outside of perhaps Rabelais, who may so decorously handle the refuse of the world The Devil s Dictionary is a guidebook for the mind of man, and perhaps a certain delicacy becomes necessary when exploring something so rude and unappealing There ...

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    Bitter, biting, and on the money.Other folks have given examples of Bierce s definitions, but I ll add a few Responsibility, n A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one s neighbor.Railroad, n The chief of many mechanical devices enabling us to get away from where we are to where we are no better off.Influence, n In politics, a visionary quo given in exchange for a substantial quid.Bore, n A person who talks when you wish him to listen.Abscond, v.i To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.Mercy, n An attribute beloved of detected offenders.Lexicographer, n A pestilent fellow who, under the pretense of recording some particular stage in the development of a language, does what he can to arrest its growth, stiffen its flexibility and mechanize its methods.An addition I was rereading sections of The Devil s Dictionary the other day and, thinking about our fearless leader though I try not to , came a...

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    Conservative, n A statesman who is enad of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.Impiety, n Your irreverence toward my deity.Patriotism, n Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name In Dr Johnson s famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a sco...

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    , , , , Bierce , Bierce , 100 .Gratis .

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    Ambrose Bierce, es un genio criticando su sociedad, la religi n, la educaci n y los modos de vida de las personas contempor neas A trav s de s tira y humor negro, va transformando t rminos y conceptos que ya conocemos y los retuerce de unas maneras inimaginables, que te har n pensar, re r, y gritar ESTOY DE ACUERDO CONTIGO Es un gran texto de aforismos y sentencias que recomiendo bastantes, adem s el prologo y la biograf a que vienen al inicio de ...

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