HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

April 7, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Executive: An employee hired by people with real money to screw money out of people who have almost none at all.

Exegesis: Explaining to dull people what they need to know about texts that are going to direct their lives

Exemplarist: A person with a Hallmark card shop for a brain.

Exercise: An activity which makes the union of body and soul less vexing than it might be.

Exformation: The stuff left out of joke to make it funny.

Exhilaration: The effect of clarity.

Exile: Place to which one goes in order to become tremendously creative.

Exordium: The part of a student essay where the professor expects to find all that's to be said, so that he need not be bothered with reading the rest.

Experience: A teacher praised to the heavens and then ignored.

Exploit: What all modern reformers say man does to nature, though there's little evidence that nature gives a damn.

Espresso: Coffee drunk by people who want the effect but hate to swallow.

Extravagant: Term applied to people who would rather charter a plane than buy a ticket -- and have the means to do it.


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