HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

May 26, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Foresight: A prerogative many think they have, but always as a result of self-deception.

Forfeiture: A method of theft employed by governments which is even more hypocritical than ordinary taxation.

Forlorn: The condition of a father at his daughter's wedding.

Form: That element in a book or picture which draws attention only when there's not much in the other elements.

Formalism: A movement to take the story out of storytelling: the sort of thing the early 20th century found consummately sophisticated.

Formidable: The quality of a person you think knows more than you do, which is just about everybody.

Formula: Thought for stupid people.

Fortitude: The weapon we wheel into place against misery; it is seldom over-supplied with ammunition.

Fortune: A golden cup not often tasted without intoxication and a subsequent withering of the faculties of appreciation.

Foundation: A legal entity created to mask as charity demented ideological schemes.

Fourteen: Ratio of handicapped parking spaces to handicapped persons.

Fox: A quick little animal which Jesus never saw but which he employed in his name-calling.


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