HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

November 3, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Intellectuals: Of all artificers the ones most willing to degrade their own character.

Intentionalist: A theorist who holds that individual lives are strongly shaped by the ideas people adopt when they are young.

Internal Revenue Service: Government agency through which the American people express their contempt for the Declaration of Independence.

Internet: Electronic depository for the entire insanity of the human race.

Intertext: A story with a story; often discovered by critics when it’s not there.

Intimidation: Hinting to someone that you have more money than he does.

Intoxication: The aim of an increasing portion of the population in a secular state--there being slight chance of getting drunk on God.

Introduction: A social habit which is carefully observed by people who know courtesy and, consequently, isn’t much attended to nowadays.

Intuition: A quality supposedly not valued by most men because they are said to be too unimaginative to conceive that it exists.

Investigation: Attempt to show that a particular person committed a crime before the crime has been discovered.

Inviolate: Pertaining to areas of life which lawyers seek perpetually to invade.

Invisibility: A condition coveted by every adolescent boy passing the girls’ locker room.

Involution: The state of academic self-regard.


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