HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

December 17, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Cuisine: Food that's trying to be something it's not.

Cultural Guilt: That which is much professed but never felt.

Cultural Revolution: Glorification of teenage thugs.

Culture: The creator of women, nature now being off the hook.

Culture Shock: Result of driving from Georgia to Massachusetts, staying overnight in New Jersey.

Curiosity: The first passion-- and the last--in great and generous minds, according to Dr. Johnson, who was right about this as he was about a lot of other things.

Custom: An inclination powerful only when vice is its object; there can scarcely be a customary virtue.

Customer Service: A section of a business charged with soothing people and getting them out of the establishment after they have been cheated.

Cute:  The manner of a high-toned critic when he condescends to confess that he too, at one time, ate a hot dog.

Cutesy: The style of young ill-educated persons rising up in the learned professions.

Dada: A series of fits, with artistic leanings.

Daimon: Greek word for demon, which once was good, then became bad, and is now in the process of becoming good again, helped along by Jungian guys.


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