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The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce
LODGER
LOGOMACHY

LOGIC

-n.

The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding. The basic of logic is the syllogism, consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion - thus:

  • Major Premise>: Sixty men can do a piece of work sixty times as quickly as one man.
  • Minor Premise: One man can dig a posthole in sixty seconds;

therefore -

  • Conclusion: Sixty men can dig a posthole in one second.

This may be called the syllogism arithmetical, in which, by combining logic and mathematics, we obtain a double certainty and are twice blessed.