KING’S EVIL, n. A malady that was formerly cured by the touch of the sovereign, but has now to be treated by the physicians.


KISS, n. A word invented by the poets as a rhyme for «bliss.» It is supposed to signify, in a general way, some kind of rite or ceremony appertaining to a good understanding; but the manner of its performance is unknown to this lexicographer.


KLEPTOMANIAC, n. A rich thief.



  Once a warrior gentle of birth,

  Then a person of civic worth,

  Now a fellow to move our mirth.

  Warrior, person, and fellow—no more:

  We must knight our dogs to get any lower.

  Brave Knights Kennelers then shall be,

  Noble Knights of the Golden Flea,

  Knights of the Order of St. Steboy,

  Knights of St. Gorge and Sir Knights Jawy.

  God speed the day when this knighting fad

  Shall go to the dogs and the dogs go mad.


LABOR, n. One of the processes by which A acquires property for B.