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on 4 December 1998
This book is actually as devilish as it looks. I have burst into laughter many times while reading it. The definitions are really creative and shows that the author was very good at observing everything going around him. It tells the truth about the meaning of words, but always with a sense of humour, which they deserve. This dictionary is very entertaining, provocative and, yes, realistic. Mr.Bierce is not afraid to say what the others would not and that is always something I like in an author. It is physically thin but mentally thick, that is, it will provoke you to reconsider the definitions you have in your mind. It is both fun and an eye-opener. Probably the most entertaining dictionary in the world.
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on 13 December 2003
I have found that this dictionary can serve a number of purposes. It can sit on your bookcase and look interesting, you can read it (in which case you'll probably burst out laughing on occasion) and you can learn parts of it to use as wit in conversation.
The last is the most entertaining and this book is packed full of wit (or maybe just honesty).
So buy it, and buy it now.
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on 10 February 2004
The wit flows freely from this volume, and is sharp and astute. It's good for a laugh and, best of all, so cheap. Just the sort of thing you need when you're less than a pound away from qualifying for free shipping.
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on 29 February 2012
This famous book, though not to everyone's tastes and certainly not PC, is a gem. Written over 100 years ago, it is a compilation of definitions which originally appeared in an American newspaper. Some are long-winded or now obscure, others will offend, but many are wonderfully funny. A cabbage, for example, is defined as' a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and as wise as a man's head'. This is a must buy for the broad-minded and at a ridiculously low price.
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on 27 November 2011
This is a faux-dictionary of tongue-in-cheek definitions of everyday words and phrases. In each case the definition pricks a popular conceit, or reveals the unspoken truth. this book is brimming with cynicism and world-weariness, and it's all the better for it.

Written in the early years of the last century, some of it has inevitably dated, and other barbs are these days less than totally clear. But there is still lots to enjoy. Some conceits and injustices are timeless. For instance, the topical concept of 'Riot' - 'A popular entertainment given to the military by innocent bystanders.' Or that for 'Painting' - 'the art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.'

This is a cheap and cheerful edition, and while it's not an object of beauty, it makes for an excellent toilet book.
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on 14 October 2015
I don't believe in all this devil fairytale s***, I put this book in the burning bin and lit it up and the whole thing went in flames and burnt down my nans wood cabin and the fire brigade came with four fire engines.
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on 13 June 2015
NOT COVER PICTURED.
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on 13 July 2014
Excellent
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