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Mobi ↠ The Devils Dictionary 239 pages Ó Naturaltreatment » pubOneinfo thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition The Devil's Dictionary was begun in a weekly paper in 1881 and was continued in a desultory way at long intervals until 1906 In that year a large part of it was pLe The Cynic's Word Book a name which the author had not the power to reject or happiness to approve To uote the publishers of the present wo “CYNIC n A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are not as they ought to be Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic's eyes to improve his vision”A hundred years before Twitter and other social media uber cynic and epic tough old guy Ambrose Bierce found a way to say everything he meant ugly and in yer face prose but in a scholarly and artful way in the Devil’s Dictionary“SUCCESS n The one unpardonable sin against one's fellows In literature and particularly in poetry the elements of success are exceedingly simple and are admirably set forth in the following lines by the reverend Father Gassalasca Jape entitled for some mysterious reason John A JoyceThe bard who would prosper must carry a book Do his thinking in prose and wearA crimson cravat a far away look And a head of hexameter hairBe thin in your thought and your body'll be fat;If you wear your hair long you needn't your hat”Begun in 1881 published in a weekly newspaper and then collected and published in 1906 Bierce took words and attributed to them a different kind of meaning – one in which his cynicism is paraded out amongst the rest of us and his razor’s edge intelligence is demonstrated in definition after definition“LOVE n A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder This disease like caries and many other ailments is prevalent only among civilized races living under artificial conditions; barbarous nations breathing pure air and eating simple food enjoy immunity from its ravages It is sometimes fatal but freuently to the physician than to the patient”Most notable for modern readers is the virtuosity of Bierce’s designs Today we live in a world of terse headlines and hash tag wit but it is beneficial to revisit Bierce and see a master of the language display a rapier jocularity“SLANG n The grunt of the human hog Pignoramus intolerabilis with an audible memory The speech of one who utters with his tongue what he thinks with his ear and feels the pride of a creator in accomplishing the feat of a parrot A means under Providence of setting up as a wit without a capital of sense”

Ambrose Bierce Ý The Devils Dictionary Doc

N 1881 and was continued in a desultory way at long intervals until 1906 In that year a large part of it was published in covers with the tit 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 of the temple is heard the voice of the foreman demanding three inches of wit and six lines of religious meditation or bidding him turn off the wisdom and whack up some pathosNo wonder I've still yet to win employee of the yearThe illustrated Steadman edition is probably the only one worth owning in print but why buy the book when you can look up all your favorite definitions right online

Kindle ↠ The Devils Dictionary Ý Ambrose Bierce

The Devils DictionaryPubOneinfo thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition The Devil's Dictionary was begun in a weekly paper i Ambrose Bierce was an American cynic A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are not as they ought to be and wit The salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out This his most famous Conspicuously miserable and enduring work started as a weekly newspaper column in 1881 was initially published in 1906 as “The Cynic's Word Book” and then in 1911 as “The Devil's Dictionary” I think the earlier title is apt though the final choice was probably provocative at the time Bierce wasn’t a lexicographer 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 and this isn’t a conventional dictionary A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic Instead he immodestly Having a strong sense of one's own merit coupled with a feeble conception of worth in others describes it as “a most useful work”You will find aphorisms Predigested wisdom aplenty along with poems and uotes from other writers Many of the entries reflect his views on politics A strife of interests masuerading as a contest of principles The conduct of public affairs for private advantage on religion A daughter of Hope and Fear explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable and lawyers One skilled in circumvention of the law The political ones are still remarkably relevant today There are also oddly prosaic words like kilt A costume sometimes worn by Scotchmen in America and Americans in Scotland and dentist A prestidigitator who putting metal into your mouth pulls coins out of your pocket and custard A detestable substance produced by a malevolent conspiracy of the hen the cow and the cook Below I've listed a few of my favourite uotations The act of repeating erroneously the words of another but not all are uoted in fullPoliticsVOTE n The instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his countryELECTOR n One who enjoys the sacred privilege of voting for the man of another man's choiceCONSERVATIVE n A statesman who is enamoured of existing evils as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with othersOVERWORK n A dangerous disorder affecting high public functionaries who want to go golfing fishingDICTATOR n The chief of a nation that prefers the pestilence of despotism to the plague of anarchyPATRIOTISM n In Dr Johnson's famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the firstINVASION n The patriot's most approved method of attesting his love of his countryReligionPRAY v To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthyCHRISTIAN n One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sinFAITH n Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge of things without parallelThe LawINNOCENCE n The state or condition of a criminal whose counsel has fixed the juryDICE n Small polka dotted cubes of ivory constructed like a lawyer to lie on any side but commonly on the wrong oneJUDGE n A person who is always interfering in disputes in which he has no personal interest An official whose functions as a great legal luminary recently informed a body of local law students very closely resemble those of GodOtherKANGAROO n An unconventional kind of animal which in shape is farther than any other from being the suare of its base It is assisted in jumping by its tail which makes very good soupEDUCATION n That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understandingEGOTIST n A person of low taste interested in himself than in meALONE adj In bad companyCENSOR n An officer of certain governments employed to suppress the works of genius Among the Romans the censor was an inspector of public morals but the public morals of modern nations will not bear inspectionLIBERTINE n Literally a freedman; hence one who is in bondage to his passionsLIBERTY n One of Imagination's most precious possessionsACUAINTANCE n A person whom we know well enough to borrow from but not well enough to lend toLOVE n A temporary insanity curable by marriage or by removal of the patient from the influences under which he incurred the disorder It is sometimes fatal but freuently to the physician than to the patientWHITE adj and n BlackELOUENCE n 1 The art of orally persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to beOPTIMIST n A proponent of the doctrine that black is whiteOPTIMISM n The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful including what is ugly everything good especially the bad and everything right that is wrong It is hereditary but fortunately not contagiousBIRTH n The first and direst of all disastersCHILDHOOD n The period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth — two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of ageSource and ImitatorYou can access the whole thing here wwwthedevilsdictionarycomIt is of its time so a few of the definitions do not sit comfortably with modern sensibilitiesThere is also Rick Bayan's 1994 The Cynic's Dictionary which I reviewed HERE