MOSAIC, n. A kind of inlaid work. from Moses, who, when little was inlaid in a basket among the bulrushes.
2009 Update: adj. Composed of disparate members like a seamless argument or an an invention made from whole cloth.
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.
Lo! the poor Indian whose unsuited mind2009 Update: In the language of law, uncontested in possession, which is to say, impossible.
Saw death before, hell and the grave behind;
Whom thrifty settler ne'er besought to stay —
His small belongings their appointed prey;
Whom Dispossession, with alluring wile,
Persuaded elsewhere every little while!
His fire unquenched and his undying worm
By "land in severalty" (charming term!)
Are cooled and killed, respectively, at last,
And he to his new holding anchored fast!
A masculine wooed a feminine noun,But his courting didn't suit her,So he begged a verb his wishes to crown,But the verb replied, with a rigid frown:"What object have I? I'm neuter."