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The Devil's Dictionary: Medal

by Ambrose Bierce
MEANDER
MEDICINE

MEDAL

-n.

A small metal disk given as a reward for virtues, attainments or services more or less authentic.

It is related of Bismark, who had been awarded a medal for gallantly rescuing a drowning person, that, being asked the meaning of the medal, he replied: "I save lives sometimes." And sometimes he didn't.

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