HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

March 5, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Accountability:  Something that will be demanded in the future from public officials who run amok in the present.

Accountant:  Person who can find more significance in fourteen cents than anyone else can conceive of.

Accusation:  A charge easy to laugh off when there's no truth in it, as Ronald Reagan was able to do when he was accused of plotting anything.

Acedia:  A disorder you're allowed to have only if you've been to an exclusive prep school.

Acne:  A condition astonishingly easy to relieve--in television commercials.

Acorns:  Seeds produced in ungodly numbers, most of which perish.  And it's a good thing too, or else we would be choked by oaks.

Acquiescence:  A action not to be imagined or permitted in a progressive age.

Action:  That which we can't know the consequences of in advance, nor after it has occurred.

Activate:  What guys in white coats do to nerve cells, if they can get hold of them.

Addiction:  Liking something immoderately which other people don't think you should like at all.


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