HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

July 28, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Grisly: The quality most sought after by televisions producers.

Groping: An aspect of sexual union that is best not adverted to.

Grossness: Something prized in youth which is no longer prized in old age.

Growth: Term now applied more frequently to sentimental decay than to biological reality.

Guidance: Meaningless palaver uttered by a supervisor who is setting an employee up to be fired.

Gulag: A set of jails in a left-wing country; not necessary in right-wing countries because there they kill people outright.

Gun: Phallic symbol in the imagination of an adolescent boy.

Gynecide: Word made up by delirious theorists who want to argue that the male imagination is even more short-sighted than it is.

Habit: A tendency, which, when it is good, we persuade ourselves we have because of one of two performances, and, when it is bad, that we have not at all.

Half-person: Someone who, according to Andy Warhol, has reduced himself to no more than an image created for public consumption.

Hallucination: The belief that the enterprise or profession in which one is engaged is fantastically important.

Ham: Pink food extracted from a pig.

Handsewn: Connection presented as being more durable than one made by machine but which actually derives its cachet from the continuing but unmentionable desire to have slaves.


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