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In an English court a man named Home was tried for slander in having accused his neighbor of murder.  His exact words were:  'Sir Thomas Holt hath taken a cleaver and stricken his cook upon the head, so that one side of the head fell upon one shoulder and the other side upon the other shoulder.'  The defendant was acquitted by instruction of the court, the learned judges holding that the words did not charge murder, for they did not affirm the death of the cook, that being only an inference.

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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