HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

July 23, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Bloodline: The people you can blame for everything -- if you want to.

Bloomsbury: An attempt to find happiness by throwing over all the old pieties, all the old fustiness; it didn't work.

Board: Collection of people who know nothing of the affairs they are supposed to oversee, and who have pledged themselves never to learn.

Body: Object which fascinates feminist theorists above all else.

Bodywork: An activity incessantly advocated by deracinated intellectuals who, peering down at their own bodies, acutely perceive the need for it.

Bolsheviks: Literary characters who leave dirty breakfast dishes lying about their apartment all day and skulk about in greasy raincoats.

Booby: A young person, most often a young man, whose ignorance and foolishness do not displease us as much as one might suppose.

Boojum: A Snark, which disappearing, melted down into into some kind of liquid nobody can find.

Book: A collection of printed pages; predecessor to the CD ROM.

Boors: The people left standing after a slugfest between Dionysians and Apollonians.

Boot Camp: A process of abuse, brain-washing, and terror designed to strengthen the character of young soldiers.

Bores: People to be laughed at, but only gently, and only in private, and never to be hated.

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