HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

June 16, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Futurologist: A person humorously gleeful about hideous things to come.

Fuzzy Math: A pedagogical method reputed to sneak a dose of mathematical knowledge into students by dissolving it in a pot of social correctness.

Gaia: Mother Earth, a buxom wench.

Gallantry: Seduction with good manners, and a touch of respect.

Gallows: Consumers of the poor, until recently, when they more or less went into retirement.

Gambling: The attempt to overcome unfavorable odds, invoked by the belief that some unseen but unvanquishable force cares more about you than it does about others.  The strange thing is that it works as often as it does.

Game: Synonym for life among people who don't deserve it.

Gametophobia: Affliction of virtually all characters on television situation comedies.

Gang: Principal form of community in urban areas; exists to kill people outside the gang, thus indicating it is modelled on the nation state.

Gangster: A statesman on the make.

Gardens: Cultivated spaces in which people walk to get in the mood for sex, fecundity being contagious.

Garland: A tribute laid on most often when people have retreated to their coffins.


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