Sunday, July 25, 2010

Funny papers

Here it is, Sunday, the day not so much an issue or topic, as two days since another little post. I have my reasons, hope, and therefore efforts placed elsewhere. We did have a nice dinner with neighbors, ground lamb and beef working well together in a patty.

Ever hear of Ambrose Bierce? Long dead (disappeared, actually), he wrote of war from the soldier's sensibility. He had grit. He had wit as well.

A friend announced to the world that "The Devil's Dictionary" was her new favorite book. No other details were given, including author. I happened to stumble across his name while reading DW's lefty organ while on the can (easy target). The one and the same as ABove. Project Gutenberg has it has a free download.

I purchased a copy at the bookstore last week as a present to DW. She likes things defined. She, in turn, left it where a good deal of reading gets done, albeit in spurts. I'm making my way through the As.

ABORIGINIES, n. Persons of little worth found cumbering the soil of a newly discovered country. They soon cease to cumber; they fertilize.

ADMIRATION, n. Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves.
How can one not chuckle?


Crash said...

I owned a copy for decades, but now it's disappeared from my bookshelves.

Crash said...

I like having my old books around me, so I downloaded it from the Gutenberg source. Thanks.

Memphis MOJO said...

I live in Raleigh NC for 21 years. In their newspaper, they had a puzzle called cryptoquote (or cyrptogram?) in which you solved a quote that was in code or cipher or whatever the term is.

I loved doing them and was fairly good. Bierce was the author of the quote fairly often.

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