HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

September 22, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Hysteria: Nuttiness exhibited by several people at the same time which becomes the object of a government investigation.

I: Pronoun designating the deity of an individual life.

Iatrogenic: Term applied to the inherent, and inextinguishable, sadism of any medical system, which overwhelms its beneficent impulses more often than supposed.

Iconography: Pictures waging war.

Identity: Central concept of insult in all “movements.”

Ideography: Philosophy for people who can't write.

Ideology: The only way of thinking other than philosophy.

Idleness: An activity much denounced by moralists which is actually the healthiest thing you can do about sixty-five percent of the time.

Idler: A reputation one must labor incessantly to maintain.

Ignorance: Being more known to others than to oneself.

Ignoratio Elenchi: Principal argumentative technique of most newspaper columnists.

Ill-breeding: Bad manners in a time when people thought good manners were possible.


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