HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

November 12, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Consistency: A quality not to be found in a court house.

Consolation: Well-meaning but ineffectual remedies proposed by your friends who don't begin to understand what really is the matter.

Conspicuous Consumption: Consumption

Constitutive Good: A good on which life goods are based, a term used perceptively by Charles Taylor in Sources of the Self.

Consumers: Insatiable beings who destroy and throw away in order to acquire more to destroy and throw away.

Contagion: The effect of joining a mob.

Contamination: Thought.

Content:  Term used in the esoteric ranks of education for knowing something; it came into fashion when knowing stopped being the principal element of education and became an insignificant part.

Contrast: An essay topic assigned incessantly by English professors because they're too dead-minded to think of anything else.

Contrivance: Lucubration now so firmly married to malice it can never be rescued.

Control: Obsessive concern of weak women.

Convalescence: A splendid opportunity for theft and deception.


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