Posts Tagged ‘The Devil’s Dictionariy’


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

 


CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, n. The premeditated killing of individuals by the state for real, imaginary, or concocted offenses, and an excellent example of the primacy of the individual in the land of the free. As Senator Orrin Hatch so cogently put it, “Capital punishment is our society’s recognition of the sanctity of human life.”

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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

 


The Mount Rushmore Monument as seen from the v...

The Mount Rushmore Monument as seen from the viewing plaza. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MOUNT RUSHMORE, n. An aesthetic disaster in South Dakota. A desecrated mountain bearing the likenesses of four dead politicians chiseled into its flanks–in other words, graffiti “tagging” taken to its logical extreme. Every year, this unnatural wonder is reverently viewed by hundreds of thousands of camera-toting, polyester-clad Americans, a people who cherish kitsch ugliness as they do the infliction of pain.

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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