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Further to last week’s Cursed Words post, Maeve Convery of Roads Publishing writes:

We’ve just released a new version of Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary as part of our classics series this month.

Roads has five shiny copies of the excellent 1906 satirical wordbook to give away to the Broadsheet reader who can come up with the wittiest and most devilish dictionary entry for a word of their own choosing. To wit:

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You get the idea.

Lines MUST close at midnight.

The Devil’s Dictionary (Roads)

Ross Horsley’s blog, My First Dictionary is a wicked mashup of vintage children’s book illustrations with twisted word definitions. Well worth a bookmark.

Speaking of books, it’s now a book, too:

If you’ve already mastered the basics of reading and writing, no doubt you’re sick of hearing about Peter playing with his balls and Susie stroking her puppies. Now it’s time to learn some words that will really help you to understand what Mommy and Daddy are whispering about behind that closed bedroom door.

Find out why you should act quickly if you want to be included in a dying relative’s will….how special pills can make you feel mellow…And what it means if a hit man tells you you’re his latest assignment.

My First Dictionary: Corrupting Young Minds One Word At A Time –  €6.83 on Amazon