HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

April 9, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


American Dream: The most pathetic idealism ever concocted.

Americans: A population excessively praised by the politicians seeking to bilk them, whose primary public project is to incarcerate as many of themselves as possible.

Amnesia:  A mental condition which almost never occurs in real people but happens on a regular basis to television and movie heroes.

Analysis:  Process by which people are helped to understand a thing by having it made incomprehensible.

Anaphylaxis:  Letting something become more important than it ought to be.

Anesthesia:  The strongest and most widespread desire in modern society.

Angel Food Cake: A cake only angels could like.

Anger: An emotion attended as much by noise as by mischief, which when exhibited, to any degree, by an employee of a public school system is followed by forced enrollment in a course for learning how to manage it, management being the religion of the modern age.

Anginophobia:  A feeling that comes naturally to a person on the scaffold.

Anguish:  A condition created by our own passions and appetites which we believe, with perfect confidence, to be the result of external causes.


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