2002-01-19

cess

A tax.

Interestingly, the word cesspool, which means "receptacle of filth" seems to give "cess" the additional meaning of "filth", since "pool" certainly seems to fit the "receptacle" portion of that definition.

This, of course, means that the U.S. tax code can be thought of as a cess-pool, in at least one of the senses that results.

Also, the prefix "suc-" of the word "success" is identified with "sub-", which means "under". Across the possible meanings that result from the different ways of parsing the word, then, "success" is oxymoronic, since being "under filth" could hardly correspond to our typical understanding of success.

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