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

~ 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.

  1. Kangaroonoun An unconventional kind of animal which in shape is farther than any other from being the square of its base.
  2. Killverb To create a vacancy without nominating a successor.
  3. Kiltnoun A costume sometimes worn by Scotchmen in America and Americans in Scotland.
  4. Kindnessnoun A brief preface to ten volumes of exaction.
  5. Kingnoun A male person commonly known in America as a ‘crowned head,’ although he never wears a crown and has usually no head to speak of.
  6. King’s Evil - noun A malady that was once cured by the touch of the sovereign, but has now to be treated by the physicians.
  7. Kissnoun A word invented by the poets as a rhyme for ‘bliss.’ It is supposed to signify, in a general way, some kind of rite or ceremony appertaining to a good understanding; but the manner of its performance is unknown to this lexicographer.
  8. Kleptomaniacnoun A rich thief.
  9. Korannoun A book which the Mohammedans foolishly believe to have been written by the divine inspiration, but which Christians know to be a wicked imposture, contrary to the Holy Scriptures.
  10. Krishnanoun A form under which the pretended god Vishnu became incarnate. A very likely story indeed.