HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

April 2, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Allegiance:  A connection more likely to involve delusion than any other.

Allusion:  That which makes reading possible, a point which teachers of reading never seem to get.

Alter: Another person who lives in your body because you have an extremely bad memory.

Alternative: The label people in a funk apply to everything they do.

Amathophobia:  Condition afflicting the wives of bibliophiles.

Amazing:  Principal exclamation of bearded guys trying to pick up girls.

Ambergris:  Gray stuff which has found a curious use considering its origin.

Ambiguity: A thing, like fame or fantasy, that will caress you one day and bite you in the rear end the next.

Ambiguous: The condition of an elderly lady in a restaurant in Eastbourne who, when asked whether she likes her tea weak or strong, answered, decisively, "Both!"

Ambition: Desire that's evil in everyone except scribblers.


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