DAMN, v. A word formerly much used by the Paphlagonians, the meaning of which is lost. By the learned Dr. Dolabelly Gak it is believed to have been a term of satisfaction, implying the highest possible degree of mental tranquillity. Professor Groke, on the contrary, thinks it expressed an emotion of tumultuous delight, because it so frequently occurs in combination with the word jod or god, meaning «joy.» It would be with great diffidence that I should advance an opinion conflicting with that of either of these formidable authorities.

 

DANCE, v.i. To leap about to the sound of tittering music, preferably with arms about your neighbor’s wife or daughter. There are many kinds of dances, but all those requiring the participation of the two sexes have two characteristics in common: they are conspicuously innocent, and warmly loved by the vicious.

 

DANGER, n.

  A savage beast which, when it sleeps,

      Man girds at and despises,

  But takes himself away by leaps

      And bounds when it arises.

Ambat Delaso

 

DARING, n. One of the most conspicuous qualities of a man in security.

 

DATARY, n. A high ecclesiastic official of the Roman Catholic Church, whose important function is to brand the Pope’s bulls with the words Datum Romae. He enjoys a princely revenue and the friendship of God.