Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Devil's Dictionary: Hangman (n.)

An officer of the law charged with duties of the highest dignity and utmost gravity, and held in hereditary disesteem by a populace having a criminal ancestry. In some of the American States his functions are now performed by an electrician, as in New Jersey, where executions by electricity have recently been ordered -- the first instance known to this lexicographer of anybody questioning the expediency of hanging Jerseymen.

(I don't think the definition itself is all that great but I simply had to get that last bit onto the blog.


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