eight abstractions

by tremens


/lucid drawings/

/lucid drawings/

[blind drawing experiment, done to randomly chosen words from The Devil’s Dictionary; Ambrose Bierce ]

  1. Academy, n. A modern school where football is taught.
  2. Cat, n. A soft, indestructible automaton provided by nature to be kicked when things go wrong in the domestic circle.
  3. Cabbage, n. A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head.
  4. Circus, n. A place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men and women and children acting the fool.
  5. Envelope, n. The coffin of a document; the scabbard of a bill; the husk of a remittance; the bed-gown of a love-letter.
  6. Ink, n. A villainous compound…chiefly used to facilitate the infection of idiocy and promote intellectual crime. The properties of ink are peculiar and contradictory: it may be used to make reputations and unmake them; to blacken them and to make them white.
  7. Abdomen, n. The temple of the god Stomach, in whose worship, with
    sacrificial rights, all true men engage. From women this ancient
    faith commands but a stammering assent. They sometimes minister at
    the altar in a half-hearted and ineffective way, but true reverence
    for the one deity that men really adore they know not. If woman had a
    free hand in the world’s marketing the race would become
    graminivorous.
  8. Abridge, v.t. To shorten.
    When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for
    people to abridge their king, a decent respect for the opinions of
    mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel
    them to the separation.  Oliver Cromwell