HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

March 12, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Adjunct: An employee who does half-time work for quarter-time pay.

Administration: Management which does not have as its aim the making of money and, therefore, a second-order activity.

Admiration: An excellence of heart destined to be disillusioned eighty-nine percent of the time.

Adolescent:  An adjective used most frequently to condemn strong sexual appetite by those who have never had it or who have it no longer.

Adulation:  A state which fills the heart with anxiety almost as much as scribbling words on a page and showing them to a fool.

Adult:  Term applied to all things cheap, vulgar and sleazy, which is an interesting comment on the common notion of progressive development.

Adulthood:  Condition attained by a twelve-year-old overnight when he commits a crime that really irritates people.

Advantages:  Distinctions which are always listed independently of the misfortunes which go with them.

Adventitious:  Nature of misuse of power in established systems, according to conservatives.

Advice: That which is neither asked nor given sincerely.


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