Ambrose Bierce’s last words put together inside a letter he delivered to a romantic friend during the cold months of 1913. “As in my experience,Inches he authored, “I leave here tomorrow to have an unknown destination.” He then disappeared in Mexico and it was never been told by again.
A famous journalist and essayist from the late 1800s, Bierce seemed to be certainly one of America’s sharpest cynics. His legacy was entombed within the Devil’s Dictionary: a satirical lexicon initially printed in 1906. The dictionary is an accumulation of comic definitions he authored over several decades like a columnist for that Bay Area News Letter along with other publications.
As with every dictionaries, Bierce’s work would be a comment by himself time, though the best Devil’s Dictionary records are timeless:
APOLOGIZE, v. To put the building blocks for any future offence.
KILL, v. To produce a vacancy without nominating a successor.
YEAR, n. A time period of 3 hundred and 60-five disappointments.
Having a penchant for piercing aphorism, Bierce might have felt at home on Twitter. (His nihilistic motto, “nothing matters,” finds new existence there, a minimum of among bitter authors exactly like it.) If reviewed today, his dictionary would be described as a masterwork in trolling.
In the last century, Bierce’s work continues to be extensively lent and reprinted. Many “unabridged” versions of his dictionary happen to be printed. After that tradition, we’ve updated The Devil’s Dictionary to have an age that anxiously needs it.
— T.C. Sottek, editor
Devil's Dictionary, Satire, Black Comedy Audiobook, by Ambrose Bierce
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