HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

August 18, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Heuristic: Term applied to educational practices by which students are tricked into learning something rather than being taught outright.

High Art: Books and pictures that should be approached with a sense of dutiful reverence and examined only with the advice of experts.

High Brow: A vulgar adjective applied to works of art and literature one is too lazy to engage.

High-tech Cakewalk: The war in which Americans and Western Europeans killed thousands of defenseless Iranians in order to protect the rich people of Kuwait, as titled by David Brooks.

Hireling: A person who is hired to do dastardly things, and, therefore, one who will sell his soul for gold.

Historian: A scholar who labors excessively to torment little boys and girls, and who, if he is honest, is unlikely to have friends.

History: Not the story of human progress but, rather, the story of what happened.

Hitchcockian: Term used by movie critics about a film so improbably plotted they think they missed something.

Hitler: A funny guy on stage, said Mel Brooks, at the 2001 Tony Awards

Hobnob: Acting as though one enjoys the company of persons who are superior to oneself, or that one hates.

Hog: An unseemly pig.

Hole: A thing that is holy only to peculiar sensibilities.


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