a small glossar

Some definitions explained by Ambrose Bierce.1

COMMERCE, n.
A kind of transaction in which A plunders from B the goods of C, and for compensation B picks the pocket of D of money belonging to E.
FUTURE, n.
That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.
PIRACY, n.
Commerce without its folly-swaddles, just as God made it.
PRESENT, n.
That part of eternity dividing the domain of disappointment from the realm of hope.
PRICE, n.
Value, plus a reasonable sum for the wear and tear of conscience in demanding it.
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