HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

August 27, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Carbon Dioxide Therapy: Knocking yourself out so you won't go nuts.

Cardiology: Monkeying around with hearts by guys who make really lots of money, occasionally to the benefit of the hearts.

Cards: Small rectangles of thick paper imprinted with numbers and symbols which when manipulated skillfully promote stealing.

Caress: An act not quite sexual because it remains in the realm of kindness.

Car Park: A parking lot in England, an enclosure infused with a solemnity an American finds hard to imagine.

Cash: A defensive weapon which holds off evil but does little to secure any victory worth having.

Castle: A structure that becomes worthwhile as it falls into ruins.

Castration: Principal topic of jokes by feminist comedians.

Casuistry: Applying the thought of professors to the problems of life, not a thing any sensible person wants to do.

Cat: Small animal possessing the ability to distribute its hair evenly through every room of a gigantic house.

Catachrestic: Having to do with a mistake nobody much cares about.

Catamite: A naughty word no longer generally in use because of the need to put children first.


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