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Abracadabra

Abracada′bra A charm. It is said that Abracadabra was the supreme deity of the Assyrians. Q. Severus Sammonicus recommended the use of the word as a powerful antidote against ague, flu…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce ABORIGINIESABRIDGEABRACADABRA. By Abracadabra we signify An infinite number of things. 'Tis the answer to What? and How? and Why? And Whence? and Whither? — a…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce ABRACADABRA.ABRUPTABRIDGE -v.t. To shorten. When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for people to abridge their king, a decent respect for the op…

Xuxa

Maria da Graça "Xuxa" Meneghel is famous in Brazil as the cheery blonde host of a long series of popular variety shows for children. Xuxa was a teen model who later posed as a centerfold in the Brazi…

Above your hook

i.e., beyond your comprehension; beyond your mark. The allusion is to hat-pegs placed in rows; the higher rows are above the reach of small statures. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fabl…

Robert Graves: Love and Black Magic

Love and Black MagicTo the woods, to the woods is the wizard gone; In his grotto the maiden sits alone. She gazes up with a weary smile At the rafter-hanging crocodile, The slowly swinging cro…

Abracax

also written Abraxas or Abrasax, in Persian mythology denotes the Supreme Being. In Greek notation it stands for 365. In Persian mythology Abracax presides over 365 impersonated virtues, on…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce Author's PrefaceBAABASEMENTABATISABDICATIONABDOMENABILITYABNORMALABORIGINIESABRACADABRA.ABRIDGEABRUPTABSCONDABSENTABSENTEEABSOLUTEABSTAINERABSURDITYACADEMEACADEMYACCIDENTACC…

Nine

Nine, five, and three are mystical numbers- the diapason, diapente, and diatrion of the Greeks. Nine consists of a trinity of trinities. According to the Pythagorean numbers, man is a full …