HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

March 31, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Eudaimonia: A word that can't be translated into English, and can't even be explained. All we know is that you can't have it till after you're dead.

Eugenics: A movement of nineteenth century cranks to get rid of poor people without the bother of worrying about poverty.

Eulogy: Praise generally reserved for people who can't hear it.

Euphemism: Primary mode of getting us off the hook.

Evaluation: Approved form of spewing venom in most large organizations.

Evangelical: A right-wing politician posing as a Christian.

Evangelicalism: Faith in paradise and eternal damnation, the latter being the more delicious element of the belief.

Evil: Dishonest emotion in action, the ruling condition of four percent of the world's population; some say it's five percent but they're pessimists.

Evolution: Change that nobody wants to take responsibility for.

Examiner: Person who cuts open either bodies or psyches in an attempt to bring someone down.

Excellence: A laudable prize which tends to be pursued in farcical ways, which is not surprising when we consider that most of those chasing it don't know what it is.

Excursion: An activity that will make you aware you are a member of a race you didn't choose to join.


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