My, How We've Stayed the Same
Ambrose Bierce started his Devil's Dictionary in 1881 and completed it in 1911. It was a huge, satiric undertaking. I was reading over it last week and was interested to see that so much of it is still relevant today. As Americans, and human beings, we haven't changed much over the last 100 years.
ABORIGINES, n. Persons of little worth found cumbering the soil of a newly discovered country. They soon cease to cumber; they fertilize.
ACQUAINTANCE, n. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to. A degree of friendship called slight when its object is poor or obscure, and intimate when he is rich or famous.
AIR, n. A nutritious substance supplied by a bountiful Providence for the fattening of the poor.
BELLADONNA, n. In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of ...