Idiot, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling.
Rational, adj. Devoid of all delusions save those of observation, experience and reflection.
Hospitality, n. The virtue which induces us to feed and lodge certain persons who are not in need of food and lodging.
Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary has been eliciting chuckles from cynical readers for more than a hundred years, though there's nothing genuinely devilish about the book - it's all in good sardonic fun. In addition to being amusing to browse, this classic collection of tongue-in-cheek definitions is also a great resource for clever devices to use in writing speeches and making toasts. (KS)