HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

September 8, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Humans: Creatures who have a value independent of any historical process, a simple fact most of them are incapable of understanding.

Humiliation: A practice which is ingenious in using the materials at hand.

Humility: Once thought the prime inhabitant of woman’s bosom; now hunted out and chased down like a fox being ripped by hounds.

Humongous: Big, with the suggestion of something perversely delectable.

Hunting: Practice of building character through killing things.

Husband: Partner in marriage who was at one time linked to gender.

Hustings: Place where politicians go to claim that human nature does not exist.

Hyperbole: The mode of a politician declaring his devotion to mothers, children, families and virtues thought to be peculiarly associated with the blessings of capitalism, our boys, the Star Spangled Banner, dogs and apple pie.

Hypertrophy: Process mimicking the morality of a prude, where engorged pronouncement is never accompanied by an increase of thought.

Hypnosis: A condition into which a patient is placed so that she will say whatever her physician wants her to say, and not only say it, but believe it, at least for a while.

Hypocrisy: A manner related to evil-doing as affectation is related to foolishness; hypocrisy is the greater crime because it tries to take away something you want, whereas affectation seeks merely what you’re not ordinarily willing to give.

Hypogamy: A relationship most married women believe, implicitly, that they have entered.


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