HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

December 3, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Couvade: The practice of an expectant father getting carried away with himself.

Coverup: Plot by government officials to make things look worse than they really are.

Cowardice: Inability to love anything but oneself.

Coy: Descriptive of a manner women are increasingly advised to give up, thus depriving themselves of one of their greatest potencies.

Crapulous: A word that doesn't mean exactly what most people think it does, but might as well.

Creativity: God only knows.

Credit: A thing urged on us by those who are planning future ridicule.

Credentialism: The desire to define, and to be defined, by academic degrees.

Credibility Gap: A condition created when the government lies so ineptly that even journalists stop believing.

Credulous: The quality of one who believes that power serves benevolence, that the law, for example, is directed to justice, or that a rich man loves the art he patronizes.

Crème de menthe: A green beverage which combined with touching a woman on the shoulder and smoking a cigarette indoors sends one into an irreversible downward spiral.

Crème Glacée: A name for the stuff which tends to make it less addictive.


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