Monday, May 23, 2005

Cynic

Cynic, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic's eyes to improve his vision.

2005 Update: An enthusiast of irony who weighing society's finds it wanting.

24 comments:

Indeterminacy said...

Hey, I've been meaning to send you this link for some time but never got around to it. The fellow has a book out called The Cynic's Dictionary.

http://www.i-cynic.com

Manjusha said...

One who looks through rose-colored glasses with a jaundiced eye.

karma said...

why am i always wanting?

Doug said...

Inde, thanks for the tip. That was the first title that The Devil's Dictionary was printed under. Apparently Bierce's publisher was worried that the title "The Devil's Dictionary" was insensitive. Apparently, the publisher hadn't looked inside either.

Manjusha, that's what I wish I'd written. Brilliant!

Karma, I can't imagine.

Sunil Natraj said...

Cynic: ME!

Indeterminacy said...

Cynic: One who calls a pessimeist an optimist.

Indeterminacy said...

Cynic: An optimist who can't type.

pia said...

oh were you talking about me?

Sreekesh Menon said...

political philosopher!

Doug said...

Sunil, please, first-person plural.

Inde, Good definition in the first case. Rest assured, typos and misspelling are as welcome as wit on this site.

Pia, may as well have been. OK, now the serious answer: of all the people I've met online no-one looks life straighter in the eye than you, so, no.

Doug said...

Sree, we crossed in the ether! The two are cousins but not friendly.

GABRIEL C. ZOLMAN said...

Cynic, n. An optimistic sadist.

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Bobby Shattsboro said...

I have a link to gabriel, but anyway I come across your site from 'be', but the only thing I have to ask you is this is to read:
http://ridingsun.blogspot.com/2005/05/newsweek-america-is-dead.html
read it, and think.

Doug said...

Gabriel, who are you calling optimist?
Bobby, thinking isn't really what I do but I did read the post and commented. Thanks for following Gabriel over here and leaving the link. I promise if I find "Mainstream Media" in The Devil's Dictionary to write something snarky.

Andria said...

my mother calls me a cynic i always though it a compliment

Doug said...

And well you should, Andria

zydeco fish said...

My fav def of cynic is from Oscar Wilde:

"...one who knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing."

Doug said...

Thanks, Zydeco, Wilde was a brilliant wit and that is a favorite of mine too.

Comfort Addict said...

One who sees a bright side in the dark side and vice versa.

Doug said...

Comfort Addict, we all started out with the x-ray specs from the comic books.

Golf Grouch said...
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Doug said...

Grouch, then you're late.

Jo Clark said...

Guess i'm a cynic...

Doug said...

Jo, it's good to finally meet one.