HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

December 31, 2007
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Decadent: Quality of the current age when compared with the one just past, whose wisdom gave birth to what followed.

Decency: Good manners that aren't hypocritical.

Deception: Primary function of government in the post-Nixon era.

Deconstruction: A theory of language and literature so deeply buried as not to be worth the cost of the extraction.

Decrepitude: The fruit of foolish living which manifests itself more in the mind than in the body.

Deduction: The delusion that powers of logic extend more widely than they do; productive of monstrous idiocies like ideological history.

Deeds: Acts which from the religious point of view are imperishable, and, therefore, always have to be taken into account; it is this stance which makes the religious sensibility incompatible with the secular.

Defilement: A consequence most common among those obsessed with their own purity.

Degenerate: Person of greater sexual vitality than the theorists who study him.

Delicacy: A determination not to find anything acceptable, raised to new heights by the discovery that you are what you eat.

Deluge: A flood more often composed of folly than of water.

Dementia: Mental condition of people who believe they have maintenance-free minds.


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