He’s best known now for his book The Devil’s Dictionary (1911), which included definitions such as:
ACADEME, n. An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
ACADEMY, n. [from ACADEME] A modern school where football is taught.
CORPORATION, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.
DEFENCELESS, adj. Unable to attack.
DELIBERATION, n. The act of examining one’s bread to determine which side it is buttered on.
but, in his day, he was a controversial writer and a severe critic — and, in 1913, while riding with Pancho Villa’s army as a newspaper correspondent, he vanished. To this day, no one knows what befell him.
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