} Well, Usie, you pose quite an interesting question...or should I say,
} questions. First, let's examine your first question, about an abigail.
} Funny you should mention that name, for this Oracle has a particular
} affinity to the name Abigail. Many people, in fact, refer to this
} Oracle as Abigail...and the Oracle is a bit put off that you hold the
} belief that an abigail is a mere MAID...Let me tell you, buddy. This
} Oracle is an Abigail, and this Oracle ain't no maid! I AM AN
} OMNIPOTENT ORACLE. I HAVE MAIDS.
} Being omnipotent and all-encompassing as well as merciful, the Oracle
} will forgive you for your slip-up...So now that we have clarified the
} first issue, let's deal with the next 309827903 questions you posed,
} shall we? The Oracle (Abigail) examined your list of questions and to
} answer them all at once, I would like to present to you a history of
} the dictionary.
} Dictius, the creator of the dictionary, (who, coincidentally, had a
} daughter named Abigail who, as legend has it, married a high and mighty
} spirit who was so powerful that he turned her into an Oracle) was a
} well-educated man who, one day, decided to compile a list of all of the
} meanings of the words that he knew. He realized, however, that he had
} a slight problem; he had skipped the first day of alphabet class, so he
} only knew the last 25 letters. He compiled this list, leaving out all
} words starting with A, the first letter, because he had been off at the
} beach that day. He presented this work to the official book
} commissioner of his country, who looked at it and thought it was GREAT.
} It was the first time anyone had taken upon themselves a task this
} incredible. But then, the commissioner realized that there was a
} section missing. Unfortunately, he had already begun publishing the
} book, so, to cover for Dictius, he picked a whole bunch of random
} concepts and paired them with any word that he could think of that
} started with 'a.' (Well, he was pressed for time! Come on, don't tell
} me that you've not written a paper in like the hour before it was due,
} and as a result, put all sorts of random facts that you hoped the
} person grading it wouldn't notice...) So he picked random words, such
} as "amontillado" and looked at his surroundings - a glass of pale dry
} sherry, and entered it in the missing first chapter of the dictionary.
} Although, when the book was published, some people were confused by
} this slap-dash first chapter, the words soon took on the randomly
} assigned meanings...and that is the answer to your question.
} You owe the Oracle the time that you took to look all those words up
} and write that long message.