HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

September 1, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Hooker: One who hooks; frequently applied to women whose hook is irresistible impulse.

Hope: The chief blessing of mankind, which is so often misdirected it becomes the source of greatest misery, thus serving as the perfect symbol of the human condition.

Horror: A sea one must dive through in order to pick up a pearl.

Horse: Model for toys liked by little girls.

Hospice: A place where one goes to die, helped along by people who have a cozier relationship with death than most of us can imagine.

Hot Dog: A spectacular proof of the doctrine of holism.

Hounds: Beasts one follows if he of the upper ranks, and sleeps with if he is somewhat lower down in the social order.

Housewifery: A skill admired in barbarous ages but now, in the wisdom of modernity, spat upon.

Humanitarian: A person lacking the power to love anyone in particular who tries to compensate by loving everybody.

Humanity: A quality extremely hard to discern in most humans.

Human Condition: A big mess with flashes of pathos, according to those who deign to pronounce on it.

Human Race: The race nobody can win.


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