Medical authorities wrote about leeches as if they sucked blood out of the goodness of their hearts.
According to the extramission theory of vision, our eyes send out beams of elemental fire that spread, nerve like, to create the visual field.
The fact that people can use “literally” about things that can’t possibly be factual may literally make your blood boil.
If thieves’ cant—a language known only to criminals—was the Devil’s cabinet, bourgeois society couldn’t help but peep inside.
Science fiction isn’t limited to predicting tech developments: It’s more broadly concerned with imagining possible futures, or alternative presents.