Tuesday, March 01, 2005

"Devil's Dictionary" Word of the Day

Ambrose Bierce, an American fiction writer of the Civil War era, is famous for compiling a dictionary of common terms and giving them bitterly cynical or satirical definitions. He named this work, "The Devil's Dictionary."

I have a page-a-day calendar on my desk, based on this work, which I enjoy greatly. His definitions are pretty much spot-on all the time.

This was yesterday's:

"Christian" (n.)

1. One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. 2. One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.

Has us pretty much pegged, doesn't he?

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