The Cynic's Rules of Conduct
by Chester Field Jr.
Publisher: Henry Altemus Company 1905
"Discuss family scandals before the servants. We should always be kind to the lower classes." "The chief duty of the best man is to prevent the groom from escaping before the ceremony." "There is only one worse break than asking a woman her age: it is looking incredulous when she tells it."
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by Gideon Wurdz - ManyBooks
An exhausting work of reference to un-certain English words, their origin, meaning, legitimate and illegitimate use, confused by a few pictures. This is a great sarcastic, witty, and sometimes a bit corny attempt at writing a dictionary.
by John Kendrick Bangs - Harper & Brothers Publishers
The idiot is the same old idiot, if a trifle worn. As an inventive idiot he is in his element although of all his numerous inventions he complains that none has been realized. Probably there is a deep psychological reason.
by Ambrose Bierce - World Pub. Co
Satiric lexicon by Ambrose Bierce, first compiled as The Cynic's Word Book in 1906. The barbed definitions that Bierce began publishing in a weekly journal he edited in San Francisco, brought this 19th-century stock form to a new level of artistry.
by Ellie Bishop - Booktrope
A hilarious guide to the art of taking sick leave when you really need it. Filled with symptoms and prescriptions for common illnesses and proper stage-setting techniques, you'll have a pool of credible excuses just waiting to be used.