HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

September 29, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Imbecility: The quality which makes a great deal of sincere, carefully-researched, arduous scholarship worthless.

Imagined Public Obsessions: Phony issued whipped up by politicians to proclaim their own super-patriotism, like anti-flag burning legislation.

Imitator: Person incapable of understanding the thing he’s chasing.

Immaculate: Implied quality of a politician raising questions about an opponent’s character.

Immanent: Pertaining to a substance in something that can’t be found in there.

Immortality: The condition we’re most unsure what to do with.

Impartiality: A condition much praised by those whose hearts have turned to stone.

Impeachment: The first thought in the minds of those who hate democracy and have lost an election.

Impetuous: The quality of a mind so full of itself absurdities come hissing through the crevices.

Implant: A piece of stuff stuck inside the body by doctors for curiously dubious reasons.

Impossibility: Something a bureaucrat is not in the mood to do.

Imposture: A practice which shows how much cunning differs from wisdom, and, also, that most people don't know the difference between them.


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