HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

June 30, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Germs: Tiny bugs that are worried about more by the middle classes than by those either above or below.

Gerontology: Supposedly sympathetic views on what to do about old people.

Ghastly!: The typical exclamation of a drill instructor after a recruit has caught his thumb in the closing bolt of his rifle, and it begins to bleed--the thumb, that is.

Ghetto: A neighborhood as seen by rich people who don't live there.

Giddy: Pertaining to the state of mind which uses words for no purpose but the sound thereof, a condition most likely to be encountered where people discourse upon wholeness.

Gig: What one buys when he doesn't have enough money for a curricle.

Gimmick: A project put forward by your political opponents.

Gingivitis: Mysterious something that lurks in the gums but is flushed out by green liquid advertised on TV.

Gizzard: An organ better eaten than inspected.

Glam: What Tammy Faye Baker has gone when she changes her makeup and hairdo.

Global: Adjective brought into use when an occurrence outside the United States might cause negative consequences inside.

Gloom: Perhaps the greatest producer of mental activity.


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