From Plastic Tub

asp n. 1. A venomous snake, esp. an adder or cobra. 2. One characterized by charm and a devious intelligence; a tempter or temptress; a sneak.


"Beauty -- An Asp!"

-- password used by various AA groups to differentiate invited guests from clampers.

"My dear Kepler, what would you say of the learned here, who, replete with the pertinacity of the asp, have steadfastly refused to cast a glance through the telescope? What shall we make of this? Shall we laugh, or shall we cry?"

-- Letter from Galileo Galilei to Johannes Kepler.

"And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den."

-- Isa. 11:8, prophesying on the Messiah's reign, King James Bible.

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