See previously entered letters C, J, K, M &c. here.

  1. Dad - noun A father whom his vulgar children do not respect.
  2. Dandy - noun One who professes a singularity of opinion with regard to his own merits, accentuating his eccentricity with his clothes.

See previously entered letters C, J, K, M &c. here.

  1. Dadnoun A father whom his vulgar children do not respect.
  2. Dandynoun One who professes a singularity of opinion with regard to his own merits, accentuating his eccentricity with his clothes.

Also see letters P, M, K, C, J and R.

  1. Sabbath - noun An unknown quantity in San Francisco social life.
  2. Sacerdotalist - noun One who holds the belief that a clergyman is a priest.
  3. 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 of the dog that bit Noah, etc.

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.

You have been with me through entries under the letters P, M, K, and C. Today, we shall read through J.

  1. J - is a consonant in English, but some nations use it as a vowel–than which nothing could be more absurd.

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.

  1. Cabbage - noun A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head.
~ Pour elle.~

The letter KThis 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.…

~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 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 see it! …