Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary: A satirical dictionary published in 1911 that lampoons commonplace notions. Both a spoof of the idea of dictionaries and encyclopedias as compendia of useful or important information, and an actual dictionary of sorts, it is a precursor of later fictive art projects involving encyclopedias (e.g. the Codex Seraphinianus). Along with Gustave Flabert's Dictionary of Received Ideas (published around the same time), it has inspired a host of subsequent mock dictionaries.