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Extracts from the Cynic’s Wordbook – Part VIII – the letter D

See previously entered letters C, J, K, M &c. here. ❧ Dad – noun A father whom his vulgar children do not respect. Dandy – noun One who professes a singularity of opinion with regard to his own merits, accentuating his eccentricity with his clothes. Day – noun A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent. Decide – verb To succumb to the […]

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Extracts from the Cynic’s Wordbook – Part VIII – the letter D

See previously entered letters C, J, K, M &c. here. ❧ Dad – noun A father whom his vulgar children do not respect. Dandy – noun One who professes a singularity of opinion with regard to his own merits, accentuating his eccentricity with his clothes. Day – noun A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent. […]

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Extracts from the Cynic’s Wordbook – Part VII – the letter S

Also see letters P, M, K, C, J and R. ❧ Sabbath – noun An unknown quantity in San Francisco social life. Sacerdotalist – noun One who holds the belief that a clergyman is a priest. Sacred – noun Dedicated to some religious purpose; having a divine character; as the Dalai Lama of Tibet; the Moogum of M’bwango; the Cow in India; the hair […]

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Extracts from the Cynic’s Wordbook – Part VI – the letter R

Previous entries: P, M, K, C, J. Notice I have listed double the number of extracts under this letter. This is simply because these are some of the finest in the whole book by Bierce. A little bonus for you to chew and occasionally swallow and digest. Read on: ❧ Recruit – noun A person distinguishable from […]

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Extracts from the Cynic’s Wordbook – Part IV – the letter C

Today is the day of the letter C. ’nuff said. Or maybe, ’nuff seen. Whatever that means. We’ve read through P, M and K. Read on. ❧ Cabbage – noun A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head. Calamity – noun A more than commonly plain and unmistakable reminder that the affairs of this […]

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Extracts from the Cynic’s Wordbook – Part III – the letter K

~ Pour elle.~ This is the third letter we are coming to this month, the letter K. We have already seen P and M before and have no doubt enjoyed them immensely. Today, we shall see what Bierce has to offer us for the letter K. ❧ Kangaroo – noun An unconventional kind of animal […]

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Extracts from the cynic’s wordbook – Part II – the letter M

~This post is dedicated to my own blog. For being there.~ In my last post I gave you ten of what I thought were the finest ‘Devil’s definitions’ of words in Bierce’s ‘The Devil’s Dictionary.’ Today, I shall outline some more, this time from the letter M. This is arguably the most entertaining of all […]

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Extracts from the cynic’s wordbook – Part I – the letter P

~This post is dedicated to my good friend, Raghul Selvam, for failing to dissociate in lofty hours. He is still alive today.~ While Ambroce ‘Bitter’ Bierce himself rather fancied the name ‘The Devil’s Dictionary’ to ‘The Cynic’s Wordbook,’ I think the latter is equally good and thus decided to title this post as you now […]

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