The Foolish Dictionary Words starting with A
ABSINTHE : From two Latin words, ad, and sinistrum, meaning "to the bad." If in doubt, try one. (Old adage, "Absinthe makes the jag last longer)."
ABSTINENCE : From the Persian ab, water, and stein, or tankard. Hence, water tankard, or "water wagon."
ACCESSION : A beheading process by which you may either win or lose a political job. Old spelling, Axe-session.
ACCIDENT : A condition of affairs in which presence of mind is good, but absence of body better.
ADAMANT : From "Adam's Aunt," reputed to be a hard character. Hence, anything tough, or hard.
ADORE : From add, annex, and ore, meaning wealth. Example, foreign nobles who marry American heiresses adore them.
ADVERSITY : A bottomless lake, surrounded by near-sighted friends.
ADVICE : A commodity peddled by your lawyer and given away by your mother-in-law, but impossible to dispose of yourself. Famous as the one thing which it is "More blessed to give than receive." GOOD ADVICE Something old men give young men when they can no longer give them a bad example.
AFFINITY : Complimentary term for your husband or your wife. Sometimes a synonym for "Your finish."
AFTERTHOUGHT : A tardy sense of prudence that prompts one to try to shut his mouth about the time he has put his foot in it.
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