HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

March 26, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Ague:  An ill which seems to have sunk into the mists of history, but which ought to be revived for its pronunciatory virtues.

Ailurophobia:  Of all phobias perhaps the most ridiculous.

Air Head: A public commentator, like Tucker Carlson of MSNBC, who can't conceive why fact should impinge on his speculations.

Airiness: The manner of man who thinks better of himself than truth does.

Airs:  That which people give themselves, often forgetting that the gift itself ought over time to give way to virtue.

Alalia:  Condition of Republicans at the FDR Memorial.

Alcoholism:  Principal attempt in the twentieth century to disprove Kantian morality.

Alienation:  The feeling of knowing no more where one belongs.

Aliens:  People with big eyes and oblong heads who spend most of their time lusting after ordinary-looking people, and no wonder.

Allege:  The principal function of people who have nothing else to do.


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