HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

June 2, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Fracas: A committee meeting which is followed by fulsome proclamations of bipartisanship.

Fragmentation: A condition much lauded by female critics as a new and specifically womanly way of seeing the world, it's relation to insanity not being sufficiently attended to.

Frailty: The universal human condition which we spend most of our lives trying to talk ourselves out of.

Fraud: Rich people's solicitude for the difficulties of the poor.

Freedom: The condition of being under greater obligation to God than to anyone else.

French: A language it is hard to believe that the people who speak it understand.

Frenzy: The sensibility of a lynch mob, whether exhibited by a crowd or a single person.

Friend: One known casually five years ago and not seen since then.

Friendship: The finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love--at least for a while.

Frigidity: A peril not to be willed away which appears as indifference as often as hostility.

Frisson: Emotion experienced by an ideologue contemplating his own virtue.

Frivolity: Cheap gaiety that attains significance only through destruction.


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