HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

November 5, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Confidant: One who gets to talk regularly to a famous person, thereby setting off squeals of envy and jealousy in the press.

Confidante: A female confidant, who may have the added advantage of not being real.

Confidence: A quality best kept in line with ability.

Confusion: Condition one attempts to escape only if he's willing to be thought a freak.

Confutation: That which exceeds a toothache in nagging discomfort.

Congenital: Adjective formed to promote hopelessness.

Congo: Region of Africa which became associated in the Western mind with unimaginably primitive delights, surrender to which led to equally unimaginably hideous degeneration.

Conjunction: A linkage more often than not marked by its ridiculousness.

Connubial: An adjective most often descriptive of beds, which gives it a pleasantly salacious air.

Conscience: A private line to God, short-circuited lately by the desire for personal growth.

Conscilience: A word re-coined by Edward O. Wilson to resolve a silly quarrel between two nonexistent entities: science and the humanities.

Consciousness: The source of our ability to tell that a thing is different from something else.


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