Demons of Disorder
From Demons of Disorder: Early Blackface Minstrels and Their World. Dale Cockrell.
Cambridge University Press, 1997.
ABSTRACT REASONING – Reasoning from principles, as distinguished from the ratiocination of weak minds, who can only reason directly from matters of fact.
ACCOMPLISHMENT — Any acquisition that improves the manners without necessarily strengthening the mind, which renders one more agreeable without increasing his intelligence.
BIGOTRY — The veneration of ones opinions.
DANCING – An active employment of the understanding.
DEVIL – A word used, in comparison, as a climax for every extreme.
EYES – The windows and mirrors of the soul.
FABLES – Fictions invented for the illustration of truths – or, lies in fact, and truths in principle.
FACTS – Lies, well supported by testimony.
FINE – A means by which the wealthy may atone for a crime, for which the poor must suffer punishment, from their inability to pay it.
FREEMAN – An individual who cannot discern the limits of his imprisonment, or the fetters of his bondage.
HARMONY (IN MUSIC) – Scientific discord.
HISTORY – Well authenticated fiction; a catalogue of hypocracy, crimes and misfortunes.
HOLIDAYS – Those seasons of pastime which the puritanical selfishness of the Americans has nearly banished from the calendar.
HOPE – A mistress whom we still love and still believe, though she has often deceived us, because we cannot be happy without her.
HORRIBLE – Exceedingly interesting.
ILLOGICAL – Contrary to the decisions of the schools.
INFERIORS –Those who possess less wealth than ourselves.
LEARNED – Ignorant of common things.
LIFE – A monotonous repetition of eating and drinking, sleeping and waking, occasionally relieved by the perusal of the daily papers.
MANNERS – The language of action.
MISREPRESENTATION – The art of falsifying, without lying.
MUSIC – The most social of all the arts, which has been the misfortune to be ridiculed by Mammon-worshippers, because it sometimes leads to unthriftiness, and by the unmusical, because they cannot appreciate its value.
PARADOX – A startling truth.
PEN – The chief implement of modern warfare.
POETRY – Literary vomit.
PREFACE – An introductory essay by which the author endeavors to recommend or apologize for the nonsense which follows.
PROFOUND – Unintelligible.
REASON – A faculty used by men when they wish to apologize for their errors and to defend their prejudices.
RESPECTABILITY – Conformity to all the customs both good and bad that are sanctioned by public opinion.
SELF – An individual who is of the greatest consequence to each, and of the least consequence to all of the human race.
Selected from Dictionariana in The Boston Post, 13 December 1836; 10, 24 January, 1 February, 2, 3, 14, 15 March, 9 August, 5 September, 21 October, and 27 November 1837; 16 January, 1, 25 February, and 1 March 1838.