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A different kind of dictionary .pdf


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A different kind of dictionary
AMBROSE Bierce was a 19th century American author and journalist. His most popular book
is probably the Devil’s Dictionary, written between 1881 and 1887. Bierce’s dictionary does
not contain normal definitions – his definitions are funny and cynical. For example, in a
normal dictionary, the definition of a dentist is “a kind of doctor who looks after people’s
teeth”. But in a Devil’s Dictionary, the definition of a dentist is “a person who puts metal in
your mouth and takes coins out of your pocket”. Today on the internet you can find many
websites with more modern versions of the Devil’s Dictionary”.

Activity one: Read the text and answer the questions
1. Where is the definition from?
2. Who was Ambrose Bierce?
3. What is the normal definition of a dentist?
4. Where can you find modern versions of the Devil’s Dictionary?

Activity two: Think of a normal definition of these words or phrases
A bank - a boring person - the brain - a star - a friend - a secret

Activity three: Now match the words / phrases in activity two to the cynical definitions
1) ………..………………………. Is a person who works all her life to become famous
and then wears. sunglasses so that people don’t recognize her.
2) ………………………………… Is something which you only tell one person.
3) ………………………………… Is somebody who talks about himself when you want
to talk about yourself.
4) ………………………………… Is someone who dislikes the same people like you.
5) ………………………………… Is a place where you can borrow money only when
you show that you don’t need it.
6) ………………………………… Is something which starts working when you get up
in the morning and stops working when you get to school or to work

Correction

Activity one
1. It’s from the Devil’s Dictionary
2. He was an American author and journalist
3. A kind of doctor who looks after people’s teeth
4. On the internet

Activity two
Possible answers:
A bank: a place where you keep money.
A boring person: Someone who is not interesting.
The brain: The organ inside your head which you use to think and feel.
A star: a famous person in a film, music or sports.
A friend: Someone you know well and like.
A secret: Something that very few people know about and you don’t want others to know
about.

Activity three
1. A star
2. A secret
3. A boring person
4. A friend
5. A bank
6. The brain


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