Posts Tagged ‘Gutlessness’


GUTLESSNESS, n. According to the savvy political strategists who have guided the Democratic Party for decades, a certain route to victory.

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— from The American Heretic’s Dictionary (revised & expanded), the 21st-century successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary. (The link goes to 50 sample definitions and illustrations.)

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


GUTLESS WONDER, phr. A wise person who stands on the sidelines during social and political crises, and then helpfully explains to victims of violence that they “should have expected it” or that they “brought it on themselves” by exercising the rights of free speech and free assembly to challenge evil — things the gutless wonder, in his wisdom, would never dream of doing.

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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