HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

September 24, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Choice: Argument for justifying dubious acts.

Christianity: A sophisticated psychology considerably gunked up by people who call themselves Christians.

Chum: A big tent made of reindeer skins, where the Nenets live.

Churchliness: Hatred of spirituality.

Cigar: Tobacco product used by women to suggest unimaginable sexual delight.

Cigarette: Small, white cylindrical object used by movie actresses in the 1930s to demonstrate independence and urbanity, which thirty years later became the kiss of death, and, then, thirty years after that was restored, partially, again as the wand of sophistication.

Circumflex: A little mark placed over a vowels in certain languages to indicate that they are probably unpronounceable; in Czechoslovakian they tend to be upside down which makes their effect hopeless.

Circumlocution: The primary mode of expression among professional educators.

Circumspection: Paying so much attention to what other people think of you that you turn yourself into a cipher.

Circumstances: Events which when they are special require special actions, according to ethicists who are breaking the law for purposes of morality.

Circumvent: Going around something that, generally, you should be going through.

Circus: A spectacle intimately associated with bread in the history of manipulation.


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