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The Dumbbell's Dictionary
Jack W. Richey
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Cumberland Gap, n. I wonder how many education majors, with perhaps a minor in
American History, have ever heard of it. Perhaps they should check the life of Daniel
Boone, with special attention into his travels to Tennessee and Kentucky.
Curmudgeon, n. Me.
Current affairs, n. Every professional electrician should be well up on them.
Cusp, n. What Valentine Michael Smith, of Robert Heinlein’s „Stranger in a Strange
Land’ did not grosp at cusp, much to his detriment. Actually he did not grosp it at all.
Cynic, n. One who understands the world as it is, and doesn’t get lost in the innumerable
fogs of what the world could be.
Czech, n. The Czech is in the mail. The Slovak will arrive via parcel post.
Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead! So said Admiral Farragut in the battle of Lake Erie
during the ware of 1812. Guess what? His squadron won.
Dance with the Devil, n. Exactly what you do when you elect a far left liberal, a.k.a.,
socialist as the American president.
Charlie Daniels and Lee Greenwood, n. Folk singers of a patriotic bent who will never be
welcome by the current occupants of the White House nor, it goes without saying, by the
sycophants of those current occupants.
Danish, n. I don’t believe you’ll ever come across a bakery customer asking for a
Angela Davis, n. Black professor at UC Berkeley who played a not insignificant role in
the assassination of a judge. A self-proclaimed Stalinist, she was. I cannot help
wondering whether she would have been so worshipful, had she been required to spend
even one night at the Lubyanka, under the not so tender ministrations of Stalin’s KGB, or
was it the NKVD? She had a big thing about the so-called persecution of Blacks in
America. Would she have had sense enough to understand the persecution of virtually
everyone in the Soviet Union? I doubt it.
Dardanus, n. Ancestor of the Trojan kings, hence our word.
Dardanelles, the strait between Europe and Asia. Named, of course, after Dardanus.
Virginia Dare, n. First child born in the doomed colony of Roanoke, thus the first child of
English parents born in the Colonies.
Charles Darwin , n. He has explained nothing. With his „Origin of Spiecies and Descent
of Man,’ he may have accounted for the coloring of moths in 1900th century London, but
not of the supposed origin of species, most especially of humans.
Richard Dawkins, n. Renowned biologist and prominent atheist. He has not, and never
will be able to, prove his point of departure, namely, that we are derived from some sort
of primeval sludge that lightening just happened to strike at the proper moment. For a
fine refutation, see the works of Christopher Dawson, perhaps the greatest historian of the