Teach + Uncommon Object

After I asked a question on Psychology and Neuroscience SE, some confusion arose over my use of the phrase ‘to teach a disorder’ I was told that ‘to teach a disorder’ is a poor choice of words when …

‘devil a mortal’

Billy, in his youthful days, was the best hand at doing nothing in all Europe; devil a mortal could come next or near him at idleness; and, in consequence of his great practice that way, you may be …

To One’s Betrayal

I couldn’t quite make out this segment in a long sentence: Dad at some celebration where the Comrade President pinned on him a medal for services to the Communists’ betrayal ; Dad in the book is an …