UNLIMITED Audiobooks and eBooks

Over 40,000 books & works on all major devices

Get ALL YOU CAN for FREE for 30 days!

Are You a Bromide?

Gelett Burgess

Book Overview: 

The Sulphitic Theory Expounded And Exemplified According To The Most Recent Researches Into The Psychology Of Boredom Including Many Well-Known Bromidioms Now In Use.

How does All You Can Books work?

All You Can Books gives you UNLIMITED access to over 40,000 Audiobooks, eBooks, and Foreign Language courses. Download as many audiobooks, ebooks, language audio courses, and language e-workbooks as you want during the FREE trial and it's all yours to keep even if you cancel during the FREE trial. The service works on any major device including computers, smartphones, music players, e-readers, and tablets. You can try the service for FREE for 30 days then it's just $19.99 per month after that. So for the price everyone else charges for just 1 book, we offer you UNLIMITED audio books, e-books and language courses to download and enjoy as you please. No restrictions.

Book Excerpt: 
. . .Chatelaine to demonstrate the fact that the words were inevitable, and the rapid increase in their use has proved them something more real than slang—an acceptable and accepted terminology. Swallow them whole, therefore, and you will be so much better for the dose that, upon finishing this thesis you will say, "Why, of course there are no other words possible!"

Let us, therefore, first proceed with a general statement of the theory and then develop some of its corollaries. It is comparatively easy to define the Bromide; let us consider his traits and then classify the Sulphite by a mere process of exclusion.

* * * * *

In this our world the Bromides constitute, alas! by far the larger group. In this, the type resembles the primary bodies or other systems of classification, such as the Philistines, the Conservatives, the Bores and so on, ad nauseam. The Bromide does his th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It is a good read, providing the way to think that whether one is Bromide or the Sulphite.The basic difference between them is the being rational and irrational. Must read it is beautifully written.

Published in 1908, and still certainly relevant nowadays, this is the sort of essay that would in our contemporary age be part of a blog series or would be distilled in an article of the Onion or some other parody news source. This particular short essay was originally published in "The Smart Set...more

I read "Have You an Educated Heart?" before this one and think it is a stronger book. Even so, this title is worth the hour of reading. Beautiful border art and illustrations add a great touch to the prose.

Clever, still timely, beautifully illustrated.

Yes, I am a Bromide. I'm guilty on several occasions of uttering bromidioms such as "It's not so much the heat as the humidity".

Burgess in his 1906 essay (some references are a bit outdated but as long as the sarcasm stays fresh, who cares?) casts a gimlet eye on my predecessors in the art of bo...more

Good little read! I was lucky enough to hold and read the 1906 edition. Alternate title: "Are You Basic, Bro?"

A short read. I find myself thinking about the central concept of this book from time to time. The Iowa State University library has a beautifully illustrated, and very old, copy of it.