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September 19, 2016 Pat's View: Historia
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By Pat Cashman

I picked up a new dictionary at a bookstore recently. Remember bookstores? They were places that sold important literature by authors like Dickens, Tolstoy and Trump.
As for dictionaries, they were volumes containing loads of words such as “loads”, “of” and “words.”
But I noticed that the dictionary I picked up the other day was far heavier than those I remembered. It was nearly hernia inducing.

Hernia. noun.
A condition in which part of an organ is displaced and protrudes through the wall of the cavity containing it.
Eww!

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I had picked up the heavy reference book to look up the word ‘historical.’ I figured the definition must be pretty obvious, but wanted to confirm it:

Historical. adj.
Causing unrestrained laughter. Very funny.

Oh, wait a minute. I’d accidentally looked up ‘hysterical”---as in, “hysterical joke.” Example: “Parallel lines have so much in common. It’s a shame they’ll never meet.”

(Yes, I actually found that cited as an example of a hysterical joke.)

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