Definition of the Day 12-17-15 — Apartment Building

Posted: December 17, 2015 in Capitalism, Humor
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APARTMENT BUILDING, n. A means of extortion, the chief advantage of which is that the sheep which fall victim to it are shorn by a shears known as “rent,” perhaps the most efficient means ever devised of obtaining money while performing no useful work. Further advantages are that the owner of the shears, the extortionist or “landlord,” runs absolutely no legal risk and does not even need to compel the sheep to submit to their monthly shearing, that function being performed at public expense by an enforcer known as the “county sheriff.”

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–from the revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic’s Dictionary, the best modern successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary


American Heretic's Dictionary revised and expanded by Chaz Bufe, front cover

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