HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

December 24, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Dancer: A thing not easy to tell from the dance, according to Yeats, who was more aware of problematic joy in dusky unknowing than many of us are.

Darling: A role which deserts us more quickly than any other.

Darkness: A possessor of forces which seems to have something against teenage girls in Victorian houses.

Day: A thing made by Dirty Harry through blowing people's heads off.

Dazzle: An act that does nothing to promote clear sight.

Deadwood: Colleagues you wish to do in.

Deal: An offer to sell you an overpriced product for only thirteen percent more than it ought to cost, especially a refrigerator or a car.  It's hard to get a deal on broccoli.

Dean: Traditionally, a mouse in training to become a rat, but, in reality, just a pathetic drudge.

Death: An event whose approach turns most of our desires to tedium, a truth which should remind us of what our desires are worth, but doesn't.

Debate: A game in which contestants, by putting labels on other people, attempt to escape the rigors of thought.

Debauchery: Indulgences which do their best to drag someone else down with you.

Debt: That which God alone does not owe.


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