HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

January 21, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Difficulty: The inseparable partner of things worth having, except for the tiny number of things most worth having.

Digitus Impudicus: The one-finger salute, which has a history more complicated than the average eighth-grader can imagine.

Digital: Anything having to do with creations no one can understand.

Dignitary: A person presumed to have more personality than you do.

Dignity: The recognition that you don't have to do anything.

Dimorphism: Religious principle among racists, prudes, and other cranks.

Diplomacy: Lying in the interests of one's country, but doing it in such a way as to let those who hear understand that they need not take offense.

Dirge: The natural expression of the mind in November.

Disappointment: The universal response toward others and the proof of original sin.

Discarnation: A process by which a person's genuine self leaves its body in order to become a figure in a magazine or on a television screen.

Discernment: Not a power readily practiced when flattery is involved.

Discontent: An emotion so universal you would think people would be led more than they are to reflect on its source.


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