Monday, March 07, 2005

Absolute

Absolute, adj. Independent, irresponsible. An absolute monarchy is one in which the sovereign does as he pleases so long as he pleases the assassins. Not many absolute monarchies are left, most of them having been replaced by limited monarchies, where the sovereign's power for evil (and for good) is greatly curtailed, and by republics, which are governed by chance.

2005 Update: Possible. In journalism, politics, advertizing and prospectuses (prospecta?) absolute can describe any illusion which will not be immediately rejected by those who wish it were so.

4 comments:

Indeterminacy said...

This is a great idea for a blog. I hope you do this for a long long time.

Doug said...

Thanks, it's a lot of fun. I'll continue until I run out of germane definitions from Bierce and/or get hit by a bus.

The Zero Boss said...

My own definition:

A tragic misspelling of the world's best vodka.

Doug said...

Zero, that's good delinquent thinking, my friend. I stand corrected.