The Cynic's Dictionary

The Cynic's Dictionary

by Rick Bayan
     
 

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As any true cynic knows, the number of annoying groups, trends, and events in our culture today is mind-boggling. Bayan has narrowed the field to a little over 900 of the most irritating, each with a properly pungent definition. From Alimony to Performance Artists, Activists to Infomercials, Literary Critics to Car Phones, Fur Coats to Personal Ads, The Cynic's… See more details below

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As any true cynic knows, the number of annoying groups, trends, and events in our culture today is mind-boggling. Bayan has narrowed the field to a little over 900 of the most irritating, each with a properly pungent definition. From Alimony to Performance Artists, Activists to Infomercials, Literary Critics to Car Phones, Fur Coats to Personal Ads, The Cynic's Dictionary skewers the self-important and pricks the puffed up, never sparing the wit. True cynics will delight in discovering new things to be cynical about, and even the odd optimist might finally wake up and stop being so confoundedly cheery all the time. Irascible and irreverent, The Cynic's Dictionary is the perfect companion for anyone who has ever been dismayed, bemused, vexed, or appalled by our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688129224
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
5.71(w) x 6.56(h) x 0.89(d)

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ABNORMAL
Occupying a point outside the shifting boundaries of social convention, like a same-sex couple before the 1970s or a twenty-two-year-old virgin today. Others now living beyond the fringe include rhyming poets, English-speaking cab drivers, solitary restaurant patrons, celibate celebrities, non academics who read anything written before 1920, businesspeople who read anything written before last Friday, Japanese underachievers, American students who can locate Japan on a map, and anyone who still says whom.

Excerpted from The Cynics Dictionary. Copyright © 1994 by Rick Bayan.

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