RHUBARB, n. Vegetable essence of stomach ache.
2008 Update: A vegetable stewed by the simple with strawberries and embittered with its own virtue. Legend holds that the rhubarb grows wherever the pious are elected and achieve high office.
Redefining misanthropy for a fresh generation. Standard posts begin with a definition from Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary followed by a modern adjustment. Miscellany on Wednesday and storytelling on Saturday.
"Now lay your bet with mine, nor let2008 Update: Sensible to wind and wave, to the exclusion of boulder and battleship.
These gamblers take your cash."
"Nay, this child makes no bet." "Great snakes!
How can you be so rash?"
—Bootle P. Gish
"My bark is on the wave," all writers quote.2008 Update: The soaring rhetoric of Churchill in the ears of his black dog.
"Mine too," says the retriever, "is afloat."