The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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One of my favorite things about this book is people’s reactions to it.

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My mother-in-law, who is a devout Christian (see below for Bierce’s definition), was trying to measure my husband’s height and decided to use a book to line up the measuring tape with the top of his head. The Devil’s Dictionary was the first she found and she used it before glancing down at the name. I’ve never seen her drop a book so fast! When she had to measure him again you can bet she rummaged around on the shelf for a different book.

CHRISTIANn. One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.

Certainly an entertaining work worthy of more readers. Best read aloud to a friend with a similar sense of humor.

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