Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Snowing pretty hard outside, with accumulation, but I doubt if my afternoon class will be cancelled. I probably will have to tromp through the snow to the bus stop, however.

Here's today's wit from Ambrose Bierce's "The Devil's Dictionary," a giant in its genre:

EPITAPH, n. An inscription on a tomb, showing that virtues acquired by death have a retroactive effect.

ERUDITION, n. Dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull.

ETHNOLOGY, n. The science that treats of the various tribes of Man, as robbers, thieves, swindlers, dunces, lunatics, idiots and ethnologists.

EULOGY, n. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.

Ambrose Bierce

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