HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

November 19, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Conversation: Talk which seldom happens because it requires a person actually to respond to something someone else has said.

Convertible: Device produced by an alliance between automobile makers and dermatologists.

Conviction: The belief with which we are perpetually at war.

Cool: Adjective which acquires two syllables in the mouth of a fourteen year-old.

Co-op: A food store which charges approximately 25% more for its goods than supermarkets do.

Cooperation: Economic system advocated by people who can't stand the thought of anything getting better.

Coordinator: Person pretending not to be in charge.

Coprolalia: A disease epidemic in the higher reaches of politics, induced undoubtedly by incessant dealing with unreason.

Copula: A verb about which there is much dispute caused by the undoubted truth that though we can say "John is twenty," we can't say "twenty is John."

Copulation: Ninety-nine percent of love in ninety-nine percent of people.

Coquelicot: A French way of talking about red poppies which ladies, in a finer age, liked to put on their hats.

Coquette: A girl with pleasing manners in the presence of an older woman.


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