HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

April 23, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Antipathy:  A dislike which seems, somehow, always to keep itself just beneath the surface.

Anxiety:  The perpetual affliction of those who have persuaded themselves that they are intelligent, and which can be alleviated only by the purchase of expensive videotapes offered on late-night television broadcasts.

Antisocial Personality: One who refuses to plan ahead.

Apathy:  Life at the middle point, which many seek to maintain as insurance against falling beneath the line; it doesn't work.

Aphorism:  A great rule of life expressed so that it might just have a slight chance of being remembered.

Apocalypse:  An event on the horizon when you get fed up with your neighbors.

Apollo:  A Greek figure taken to stand for many things but who is best expressed by a sunny kitchen with coffee, toast, and orange juice.

Apology: Almost always a bad idea, especially when it's demanded.

Apostle:  A person called by God to rant and rave about the truth, which, if you're going to rant and rave, is probably the best topic to take up.

Appalling: Quality of anything funny as perceived by persons with no sense of humor


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