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The Devil's Dictionary: Logomachy

by Ambrose Bierce
LOGIC
LOGANIMITY

LOGOMACHY

-n.

A war in which the weapons are words and the wounds punctures in the swim-bladder of self-esteem - a kind of contest in which, the vanquished being unconscious of defeat, the victor is denied the reward of success.

'Tis said by divers of the scholar-men
That poor Salmasius died of Milton's pen.
Alas! we cannot know if this is true,
For reading Milton's wit we perish too.
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