HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

March 17, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Entry Statement: Structure that surrounds the gate of a development where the houses cost five millions dollars each.

Envy: The desire to poison the meal one cannot eat himself, the cheapest and most common of emotions.

Ephebe: Permissible sexual object in a society that's been gone a long time.

Epigraphy: Study of writing nobody can read.

Epinosic Gain: An advantage to be sought sparingly.

Epiphany: A sighting which occurs less frequently than over-heated poets think it does.

Episcopalians: Members of the Church of England in America who, in crossing the water, traded rational faith for rational portfolios.

Epistemology: The branch of philosophy to which we can be sure educators will never attend.

Epitaph: A little saying about the dead which one should not compose about oneself.

Epitome: Someone who is more completely what he is than any sensible person should want to be.

Equality: The consistency of corrupt attitudes through all social ranks.

Equipage: Stuff a person drags around for show rather than use, as a Cadillac car or a Coach briefcase with no briefs in it, or, in other words, that which one acquires only for the purpose of mortifying others.


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