There are many kinds of dances, but all those requiring the participation of the two sexes have two characteristics in common: they are conspicuously innocent, and warmly loved by the vicious. This period is divided into two parts, the day proper and the night, or day improper -- the former devoted to sins of business, the latter consecrated to the other sort. - Hassan Brubuddy A ship big enough to carry two in fair weather, but only one in foul.
" Origin: Georgia Steel Definition: A thing to say to someone 983 times to prove that you would never do anything to hurt them. Used in a sentence: "If there's one thing I am, it's loyal babes. Loyal."2018 contestant Definition: A way to find out how someone feels about you.
In many of the entries, Bierce not only provides a definition, but he also provides a contextual example. In matters of thought and conduct, to be independent is to be abnormal, to be abnormal is to be detested.
The best way to understand The Devil's Dictionary is to take a look at some of the entries Bierce wrote for the book. Wherefore the lexicographer adviseth a striving toward the straiter [sic] resemblance of the Average Man than he hath to himself.
Whoso attaineth thereto shall have peace, the prospect of death and the hope of Hell.
One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money.