HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

July 2, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Baneful: The nature of a slanderer's tongue.

Bankruptcy: One of the more ingenious devices for making money.

Baptist: Citizen of small Southern town who is not a Methodist.

Barbarian: A person who sets the necessities of life before all else.

Barren: The state of scholarship which pays no attention to invisible circumstances.

Baseball: A game disliked by persons who believe that being nervous is the same thing as being intelligent.

Bath: A city before all others in "Fine Balls, and fine Concerts, fine Buildings, and Springs, Fine Walks, and fine Views, and a Thousand fine Things," and which, in addition, provided a man a mistress with the incomparable name of Juliana Popjoy.

Bay: A component of the sea that's a little less vigorous than the rest of it.

Beer: A vile beverage which the young drink to show off and the old drink because their taste has become so degraded they actually like it.

Beginning: The nearly-impossible part of a task.

Behaviorist: A theorist who thinks thoughts aren't real.

Belief: An intellectual condition never understood and never explained.

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