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Dizionario del Diavolo (1911)

di Ambrose Bierce

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These caustic aphorisms, collected in The Devil's Dictionary, helped earn Ambrose Bierce the epithets Bitter Bierce, the Devil's Lexicographer, and the Wickedest Man in San Francisco. First published as The Cynic's Word Book (1906) and later reissued under its preferred name in 1911, Bierce's notorious collection of barbed definitions forcibly contradicts Samuel Johnson's earlier definition of a lexicographer as a harmless drudge. There was nothing harmless about Ambrose Bierce, and the words he shaped into verbal pitchforks a century ago--with or without the devil's help--can still draw blood today.… (altro)
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If he wasn't dead, I would go to Mexico and look for Bierce. This year's junior research paper for English 11 was fun, because he was my topic. A lovely little book of definitions that I might not agree with but can sure respect his wit and humor. Makes me wonder what else I'm missing that he wrote. ( )
  et.carole | Jan 21, 2022 |
If I'm not careful, reading stuff like this could turn me into a bigger cynic than I already am! Props where due, much like the best of our own day's satirists, Bierce came after EVERYBODY. There isn't a segment of the (then) population that isn't roasted by at least one entry.

-1 because of the inaccessibility of some of the jokes due to age/the reader's thichheadedness ( )
  djlinick | Jan 15, 2022 |
Very cynical, yet at times very funny. ( )
  Jimbookbuff1963 | Jun 5, 2021 |
This little book is certainly one that must be read. If nothing else, a lot of the definitions that Bierce coined back in his day are very relevant today. There is a blend of cynicism and dark humor in the work. I don't recall now who recommended the book to me; I know it was one of my online friends, and it was after reading The Quotable Atheist, which I have listed here on GR as well. At any rate, Bierce's book is very appropriate to our day and age. But it is also very reflective of its era. As always with books like these, I find fascinating the glimpses you get of the time period of the work. So, if you need a reminder of the real definition for words like "Christian," "money," and "patience," among others, this is the only dictionary you may ever need. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
A vintage collection of devilishly satirical definitions to common words. The perfect resource for the depraved wit seeking the perfect quotation. ( )
  Juva | May 17, 2016 |
It is very selective in the words it lists, but is a true dictionary in that it gives definitions, occasional etymologies, and frequent illustrations, often invented by the author.... [There] is a long disquisition on King’s Evil, which is practically a history of the scrofula and its supposed treatment by royal touch, and gives an unexpectedly serious tone to the work. However, mostly the definitions are sardonic, curmudgeonly, world-weary, cynical, eccentric, unconventional, rational in a topsy-turvy way, thought-provoking and nearly always very comical.... Put in a thumb anywhere and it will come out with a juicy, refreshing plum, generally on the tart side, but always full of flavour and satisfying.
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Ambrose Bierceautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Fink, DanielaTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Forster, PeterIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Haefs, GisbertTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Kington, MilesIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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J is a consonant in English, but some nations use it as a vowel – than which nothing could be more absurd. Its original form, which has been but slightly modified, was that of the tail of a subdued dog, and it was not a letter but a character, standing for a Latin verb, jacere, ‘to throw’, because when a stone is thrown at a dog the dog’s tail assumes that shape. This is the origin of the letter, as expounded by the renowned Dr Jocol Bumer, of the University of Belgrade, who established his conclusions on the subject in a work of three quarto volumes and committed suicide on being reminded that the j in the Roman alphabet had originally no curl. So now we know.
Patriotism, n. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of anyone ambitious to illuminate his name. In Dr Johnson’s famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last refuge of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the first.
Kill, v.t. To create a vacancy without nominating a successor.
Kilt, n. A costume sometimes worn by Scotchmen in America and Americans in Scotland.
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These caustic aphorisms, collected in The Devil's Dictionary, helped earn Ambrose Bierce the epithets Bitter Bierce, the Devil's Lexicographer, and the Wickedest Man in San Francisco. First published as The Cynic's Word Book (1906) and later reissued under its preferred name in 1911, Bierce's notorious collection of barbed definitions forcibly contradicts Samuel Johnson's earlier definition of a lexicographer as a harmless drudge. There was nothing harmless about Ambrose Bierce, and the words he shaped into verbal pitchforks a century ago--with or without the devil's help--can still draw blood today.

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