The Devil’s Dictionary
I recently purchased The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce. It is a satirical dictionary that was begun as a newspaper serialization in 1881 and continued erratically until 1906. It was first published in a single book under the title The Cynic’s Word Book, because (according to Bierce) one of the papers in which it was originally published was a Christian paper and found the use of ‘Devil’ in the title to be offensive. Considering that they did not find the use of ‘nigger’ in one of the definitions to be offensive, it seems the hypocrisy of Christians has not changed much in the last 100 years.
I highly recommend owning this book, or at least having a browse of the online version, available for free. It’s for definitions like this that the man has my respect:
HOMEOPATHIST, n. The humorist of the medical profession.