HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

October 27, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Insipidity: Coffee at roadside chain restaurants, especially in Ohio.

Insolence: Taking us more lightly than we deserve, especially by persons lower than ourselves.

Insults: Acts committed more out of stupidity than malice; ninety-three percent are unintentional

Instincts: Impulses liberal scientists say we don’t have which cause us to to do most of what we do.

Institutionalize: Throwing somebody into a hideous place for his own good.

Instrumentalism: The notion that you count for nothing but that the stuff you make counts for everything.

Instrumentalist: Thinker who hates thought.

Insularity: Principal symptom of political decay, manifesting itself as a politics of style.

Insult: That which is worst when it can’t quite be nailed down.

Insurance: Pious gambling.

Integrity: The virtue most frequently cited by those who don’t have it.

Intellectual Abandonment: Failure to use a movie to make high-fallutin pronouncements, as critics would prefer.


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