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An Occasional Dose of Definitions from Ambrose Bierce's "The Devil's Dictionary." They're Just What the Doctor Ordered!

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Today is January 9, 2009, and the following are two nouns, the first from the “B” words and the second from the “C” words:

Belladonna, n. In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison.  A striking example of the essential identity of the two languages. 

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Curiosity. n. An objectionable quality of the female mind.  The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.

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(Read a few biographical words about Ambrose Bierce, from the 1958 Dover paperback edition of The Devil’s Dictionary, here.)

 

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