HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

August 25, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Holistic: Adjective applied to people who are so scared of getting sick they spend their whole lives thinking about it.

Hollywood: A world of quips and cheap sentimentalities which, nonetheless, manages now and then to do a good thing.

Homage: That which ought to be paid only to beauty, but is paid more often to ghastly things.

Homicide: A greater violation of aesthetics than of morality; no killing is ever elegant.

Homilies: Little sayings pasted on the sides of Unitarian Churches in lieu of the Gospel.

Homo Academicus: A creature formed equally by inability and resentment, with a dollop of halitosis occasionally thrown in.

Homo Erectus: Ancient type much misunderstood since the introduction of Viagra.

Homo Faber: A guy who believes that making stuff does away with any responsibility to say what it’s for.

Homology: Device used by literary critics to imply that form makes arguments it doesn’t make, thus turning talented writers into ideologues of the critic’s persuasion.

Homosexuality: An aversion to reproduction, not necessarily unintelligent.

Honesty: Death knell of organizations.

Honor: Quality which continues, unaccountably, to rescue a remnant from thuggery.


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