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Wit and Wisdom for a One Party State

A handbook for government by wishful thinking

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Colosseum, n. A massive stone ampitheatre in ancient Rome, where struggles to the death among trained killers were staged to distract the rabble from their sordid lives. This primitive arrangement has been superseded by Television, which does not offer the same smell of liquid blood and burned flesh, but makes up for it with a wider variety of background settings and expanded seating capacity.

2 Comments:

Blogger Safety Neal said...

Very nice. Your site reminds me of the Devil's Dictionary.

7:51 AM  
Blogger Jassalasca Jape said...

The resemblance is not accidental, I must confess. Father Gassalasca Jape, who offered so much encouragement to Mr Bierce, and whose doggerel verse is quoted in the Dictionary with much approval, was my father when I was a child. An early draft of the Dictionary was the only reading material in the broom closet within which, to protect the honor of his family (and that of the scullery maid), my dear father locked me before he died; and since escaping recently, I have continually marvelled at how little the world has changed since those elucidating pages were written.

11:35 AM  

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