HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

March 24, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Equipoise: A desirable state of balance never to be attained by those with an affinity for a clean desk.

Equivalence: The relationship of riches and happiness around Republican hearths.

Erastian: Supportive of the doctrine that might makes right, which is the basis of all political theory, regardless of the deceptive euphemisms it employs.

Ergonomics: A study that has resulted, mainly, in ugly furniture.

Erotic: Upperclass usage for "sexy."

Err: A word that can't be pronounced without somebody's thinking you are wrong, which, considering its meaning, is appropriate.

Eschatology: Ignorant popping-off.

Essenes: People who put scrolls in jars in a way that a good deal later caused an immense fuss, which, one hopes, if they know about it is providing them with amusement.

Establishment: A social group which can be forgiven for its arrogance until it starts killing an excessive number of people--which it does, sooner or later.

Eternity: A frightful thought on which the human mind delights to bestow absurd conditions.

Ethics: A branch of knowledge which offers as answers the questions it proposes.

Ethnicity: Non-definable characteristic used for purposes of complaint.


............................................................................................................................................................................


Comment On This Article
(Please include your name so that we may publish your remarks.)


Return to the Table of Contents



Home           Contact Us           Mailing List           Archives           Books on Sale            Links



Articles may be quoted or republished in full with attribution
to the author and harvardsquarecommentary.org.



This site is designed and managed by Neil Turner at Neil Turner Concepts