- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial (February 19, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688151256
- ISBN-13: 978-0688151256
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,772,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cynic's Dictionary Paperback – February 19, 1997
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A curmudgeon after Ambrose Bierce's heart, Rick Bayan has composed his own witty response to the car phone generation, with more than 900 entries from Abnormal to Zzzzzz. He defines a merger as "When 1 + 1 = 1, with the remainder going on unemployment," neighbors are "the strangers who live next door," and a zoo is "A pleasant and instructive wildlife park, lately denounced for depriving animals of their right to starve or be eaten alive in their natural habitats." Trenchant, mordant, and often funny, Bayan cuts the '90s no slack. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Cynic's Dictionary fills the need we all have to reassure ourselves that we're right-things are a mess. The world is falling apart. And if we can't always fix it, at least we can still poke fun at it. Brash, bold, and brilliant, irascible and irreverent.
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Fashion -- Today's rage, tomorrow's chuckle.
Math Anxiety -- An intense lifelong fear of two trains approaching each other at speeds of 60 and 80 mph.
Science Fiction -- Fairy tales for nerds.
Thank you Rick Bayer!