HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

August 4, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Happiness: A condition infrequently had because it requires freedom first of all, and freedom is a thing people are reluctant to purchase, thinking that it generally costs more than it's worth.

Hardball: Bad manners masked as intellectual vigor, or business executives in their teenage mode.

Hardhat: A guy more concentrated on the content than on the form of his expression.

Harem: That which women would like a lot more than they do if they understood its consequences.

Harassment: Sexual attentiveness by ugly people.

Hatred: A vulgar passion cultivated by those who claim to love middle-brow abstractions--like nations, respect for the law, and so forth.

Haughtiness: A manner no longer displayed as openly as it once was; its flourishing now in disguise increases its power.

Haunt: That which ghosts do, and words too fine for life.

Havoc: That which will "ensue" if theorists' demands that we pay attention to incomprehensible concepts aren't followed to the letter.

He: Pronoun dumb people, especially sports announcers on television, transfer to the objective case when trying to sound intelligent, as in "Marvin stepped in between he and I."

Heal: Verb, which appearing in a book title signals that one is about to encounter claptrap.

Health: A possession regularly sold for goods that don't approach it in worth.


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