HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

April 16, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Anima: What a man must get in contact with to win the putative respect of women who will never like men.

Animism: The belief that trees, and grass, and even little bushes, get just as irritated as you and I.

Anniversary: An occasion floated on tears and dollars.

Anodyne: The wisdom of stupid people.

Anomie:  Liberal sensibility in the Age of Gingrich.

Antecedent:  That which, on a student paper, does not agree with the pronoun that refers back to it.

Anthropocentrism:  A much reviled attitude which everyone believes when it comes to his own affairs.

Anthropopathy:  Delusion that's epidemic among cat owners; cured almost completely by pregnancy.

Anti-intellectual:  Term academic writers apply to readers who have grown weary of wading through the shoe-sucking swamps of professorial prose.

Antimatter:  Stuff that might look all right but that you wouldn't want to fool around with unless you were in a severely droopy mood.

Antinomian: Person who perceives that "the moral law of society" is an oxymoron.


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