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COMPASSION, n. Mercy. A virtue so rare in Christian countries that when discovered by chance it is always deemed newsworthy.

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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

 


REFORM, n. 1) Formerly, a measure designed to improve something already in existence, as in “The reform broadened Medicare coverage”; 2) Currently, a measure designed to worsen or eliminate something already in existence, as in “Tax Reform” and “A shotgun blast to the head reformed the recipient’s life expectancy.”

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

 


BOOTLICKING, ger.  A popular American mass participation sport which is rapidly displacing baseball as the national pastime.

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– definition (not photo) from the revised and expanded edition of The American Heretic’s Dictionary, by Chaz Bufe, the best modern successor to Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary

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


TOUGH, n. A term used by sycophants to describe powerful politicians, especially heads of state. It normally means: 1) callous; 2) having little regard for human life; 3) ready and willing to shed the blood of others while running no personal risk of injury.

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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

 


 

Sleep State Interrupt, by T.C. Weber coverTo celebrate the release of our two new titles, Sleep State Interrupt and The American Heretic’s Dictionary (revised & expanded), we’re having a limited time sale over at the See Sharp Press web site. From now until the end of September, physical copies of our new sci-fi novel, the cyberpunk/thriller Sleep State Interrupt ($16.95 cover price), will be only $10 ppd.

Likewise, physical copies of The American Heretic’s Dictionary (revised & expanded), which is the best modern successor to Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary, and which contains nearly 700 definitions plus 60 illustrations, will also be only $10 ppd. until the end of the month.

Some comments on the original edition:

“Such bitterness, such negativity, such unbridled humor, wit and sarcasm.” —Mensa Bulletin

“The quirkly cartoons by J.R. Swanson nicely complement Bufe’s cruel wit. Recommended.” —Free Inquiry

American Heretic's Dictionary (Revised & Expanded) front cover“Sick and offensive.” —Small Press

Large, free pdf samples of both books are available. For the pdf sample of Sleep State Interrupt, click here. For the pdf sample of The American Heretic’s Dictionary, click here.