Mara’s Dictionary

Mara’s Dictionary is a dictionary of humorous terms. It is created by me (Warren), and is modelled after The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce. Mara is Buddhism’s version of the Devil.


biodiversity - a tertiary education institution divided into two distinct levels for the animal kingdom and humankind, with the former being higher.
chewing gum - what your beloved pet dog is doing when it is destroying your dentures.
decadence - To live as though the dead can dance.
Derrida - a misspelling of "the reader" by ignorant postmodern scholars.
differance - [pronounced: the France] the desconstruction term used to put France on the map (orig. late 20c. see also Derrida).
government - the main hinderance to the well-being of a nation’s people. (see also politics)
hippocampus - a college (esp. for hippopotamuses) which specialises in the study of the workings of human short-term memory.
internet security - The warm fuzzy feeling one gets when connecting to their internet.
no-soul - The well-worn sandal of a Buddhist monk.
park ranger - the electronic device on the back of modern cars that warn you before you reverse into an endangered tree.
politics - a hinderance to the well-being of the people of other nations. (see also government)
postmodernism - [or post modern] what most bloggers are doing when they write junk.
selfish - a person who hoards the money he or she makes from selling a lot of fish. (origin – sell fish)
Shakyamuni (The Buddha) - the name used to denote the period in the Buddha’s life after he left his teachers to search for enlightenment alone. He is the distant relative of 1980s pop singer, Chaka Khan.
spring - the period after winter when farm machinery are said to “spring“ back to life.
sustainable economics - what economists think is possible, but environmentalists know is not.