HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

May 12, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Flaccid: Term used to express contempt for less-than-avid men; generally mispronounced,

Flambeau: A torch, which when illuminating a playhouse, gives off an odor sweeter than the flowers of May--at least during the eighteenth century.

Flat-earther: Person whose view of the evidence diverges from the speaker's.

Flattery: Commentary most opposed to self-knowledge; no one is flattered by the truth.

Flea: Small annoying insect said to be infested with even smaller annoying insects, which one might say, serves it right.

Flea Market: A place where you can buy stuff you would never think of buying if you weren't there.

Fledgling: An adjective scholars apply to themselves so often it indicates an unseemly identification with birds.

Ari Fleischer: The Sultan of the oily and useless press conference. Maureen Dowd, NYT, 6/6/01

Flexible Labor: The right of business to treat human beings as though they were cords of wood.

Flippancy: The inescapable tendency that keeps John Updike from attaining the 13% of happiness which continues to elude him.

Flipping: Tactic employed by philanthropic banks who really want old people to fix up their houses.

Flitter: An entity which exists only to be flat.


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