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The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce
DICTIONARY
DIGESTION

DIE

-n.

The singular of "dice." We seldom hear the word, because there is a prohibitory proverb, "Never say die." At long intervals, however, some one says: "The die is cast," which is not true, for it is cut. The word is found in an immortal couplet by that eminent poet and domestic economist, Senator Depew:

 A cube of cheese no larger than a die
May bait the trap to catch a nibbling mie.