Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 150,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

Are You A Bromide?

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

Cover image for


Author: Gelett Burgess
Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,208 / 29 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 3,068
Added to site: 2004.06.30 8028
Genres: Humor, Satire, Audiobook

go back."


"Don't worry; that won't help matters any."

* * * * *

Sulphites are agreed upon most of the basic facts of life, and this common understanding makes it possible for them to eliminate the obvious from their conversation. They have found, for instance, that green is restful to the eyes, and the fact goes without saying, in a hint, in a mere word. They are aware that heat is more disagreeable when accompanied by a high degree of humidity, and do not put forth this axiom as a sensational discovery. They have noticed the coincidences known as mental telepathy usual in correspondence, and have long ceased to be more than mildly amused at the occurrence of the phenomenon. They do not speak in awe-struck voices of supernatural apparitions, for of all fiction the ghost story is most apt to be bromidic, nor do they expect others to be impressed by their strange dreams any more than with their pathological symptoms. Hypnotism, they are convinced, has attained t

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
Henry L. Ratliff

(1906) Humor (Satire)
R: * * *
Plot bullets

  • The dictionary defines 'Bromide' as: 'A trite and unoriginal idea or remark, typically intended to soothe or placate. Feel-good bromides create the illusion of problem solving.'

  • The author explores a comparison of personality types.

  • The books subtitle explains more: 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.'

  • Read on, you may be a Sulphite or, Are You A Bromide?


A delightful little satire on the banality of the masses and those who overcome it. Burgess spends most of his time analyzing two factions of society--Bromides and Sulphites--describing their characteristics.

Since reading this I've been apt to rethink my everyday statements to avoid saying anything trite. Rather than help me become anything interesting and creative, it's mostly just been bothersome.

Regardless, it's worth a read and provides one with several "Ha ha! I know someone like that!" moments.



Join 150,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

login | register

User ID


reset password

Author of the Day

Ezekiel Nieto Benzion
Ezekiel Nieto Benzion grew up listening to his grandfather's stories about the Jews. Those stories painted a very different picture from the meek victims in the Holocaust pictures we often get to see. After his grandfather's passing, Benzion realized that he was the last one to know some of those stories and that they needed to be shared with the world. As our author of the day, Benzion chats about his family, about strong, defiant fighters and how he picked and visited the locations in his book.
Read full interview...