HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

April 14, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Extravasate: What a bullet will do if it hits you in the wrong place; extravasation is generally to be avoided.

Facetiousness: An unreliable weapon which more people than are able to use it think they can control.

Facilitator: Squeamish director.

Facility: The ability to do things easily, especially things that had better never been conceived, as in administration and so forth.

Faculty: A group of people incapable of understanding budgets.

Fair Courts of Life: Enclosures into which James Joyce looked, and found nothing, according to Lionel Trilling..

Faith: A commitment which many people mistake for knowledge, an error which turns a certain portion of them into self-righteous prigs.

Fallibility: A condition visiting all of mankind except one.

Falsehood: Action practiced and condemned in equal measure which is never discussed sensibly on television talk shows.

Fame: A storehouse, set on an extremely slippery pinnacle, which dribbles out its treasures in minute and transient globules.

Familiarity: Contempt spiced with venom.

Family: Hideous vehicle of oppression, especially for women and little boys who aren't good at baseball.


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