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Ambrose Bierce's compilation of cynical tidbits published in segments from 1881 through 1906. Examples include, "DENTIST, n. A prestidigitator who, putting metal into your mouth, pulls coins out of your pocket," "LANGUAGE, n. The music with which we charm the serpents guarding another's treasure," and "ENTERTAINMENT, n. Any kind of amusement whose inroads stop short of death by injection."

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