The Devil’s Dictionary* is a satirical reference book written by Ambrose Bierce in 1906.  The book offers cynical reinterpretations of English words.

Corporation: (noun) An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.

Day: (noun) A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.

Envelope: (noun) The coffin of a document; the scabbard of a bill; the husk of a remittance; the bed-gown of a love-letter.
Envy: (noun) Emulation adapted to the meanest capacity.

Lawyer: (noun) One skilled in circumvention of the law.

Learning: (noun) The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.

It appears that giving new, comical definitions to words (hello Urban Dictionary) is hardly a new device.  If Mr. Bierce could come up with new definitions so can you.  Captivate your reader with your wit.  Who knows, maybe your definition will alter the vernacular forever.

*Click on the link for the entire Devil’s dictionary if you dare…


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