HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

March 10, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Embarrassment: An experience the fear of which most influences our choice of companions.

Embrace: An action that, increasingly, seems to involve snuggling up to something unspeakable.

Emergency: An event involving liquid more often than not.

Eminence: The possession of many enemies.

Emotivism: The belief that the only thing that counts is what you like.

Emphysema: The favorite disease of Republican senators.

Employment: Selling a portion of one's life to someone else, for money.

End: A thing which, when gained, becomes always a means to something farther away.

Enema: A treatment which should be provided free of charge to all members of Congress.

Enemy: One to be mortified, but not to be destroyed; the latter is the desire of a person severely lacking in imagination.

Entomology: Writing about bugs as though they were adolescent boys and girls.

Entropy: A law of nature which political thinkers use obsessively to advance their theories without bothering to understand it.


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