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New Definitions.

Afc the New York Stationers' Dinner the other night Mark Twain made a speech into which he introduced some extracts from a series of articles to appear in the " Century Magazine." They are entitled '' English as : She is Taught,",, and . are made up from the note-book :of a public school teacher, riot many miles from Ne*r York, who has preserved all the amusing mistakes her pupils have made during the past fewyears. The first instalment will appear in the " Century " for April, and the compilation is one that nobody witlv a well regulated sense of 'humor can read without shouts of laughter. In the perfect seriousness of the blunders lies their absurdity. We quote the following from Mr Clemens' speech :—''; Here are -some of their answers to "words they were asked to define : Auriferous—pertaining to an orifice ; Ammonia—the food of the gods ; Equestrian—one .who .asks questions.; Parasite—a kind of umbrella; Ipecac—a man who likes a good dinner. And here is this definition of an ancient - word honored,by a great p^rty : .^Republican—a sinner meritibned^iii the-Bible.. TAndhere is an innocent deliverance of a zoological kind: .There are a great many donkeys in the theological gardens. >f Here,: also, is a definition which- really isn't' bad in its way : Demagogue —a vessel containing beer and other liquids.'.'

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New Definitions., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2397, 10 April 1890

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New Definitions. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2397, 10 April 1890

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