The DevilsDictionary 1.0 1.0 (Blackberry)

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  • Added: 07/02/2014
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The Devil's Dictionary was begun in a weekly paper in 1881, and was continued in a desultory way at long intervals until 1906.

The Devil's Dictionary was begun in a weekly paper in 1881, and was continued in a desultoryway at long intervals until 1906. In that year a large part of it was published in covers with the titleThe Cynic's Word Book, a name which the author had not the power to reject or happiness toapprove. To quote the publishers of the present work. This more reverent title had previously beenforced upon him by the religious scruples of the last newspaper in which a part of the work hadappeared, with the natural consequence that when it came out in covers the country already hadbeen flooded by its imitators with a score of 'cynic' books - The Cynic's This, The Cynic's That, andThe Cynic's t'Other. Most of these books were merely stupid, though some of them added thedistinction of silliness. Among them, they brought the word 'cynic' into disfavor so deep that anybook bearing it was discredited in advance of publication. Meantime, too, some of the enterprisinghumorists of the country had helped themselves to such parts of the work as served their needs,and many of its definitions, anecdotes, phrases and so forth, had become more or less current inpopular speech. This explanation is made, not with any pride of priority in trifles, but in simpledenial of possible charges of plagiarism, which is no trifle. In merely resuming his own the authorhopes to be held guiltless by those to whom the work is addressed - enlightened souls who preferdry wines to sweet, sense to sentiment, wit to humor and clean English to slang.

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