HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

November 10, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


I.R.A.: Organization of assassins romanticized by people who love Ireland from afar.

Irony: The single path possible to sanity, because it plays with the objects of men’s admiration.

Irregularity: A condition of misery not restricted to the internal regions.

Irreligion: Sophomoric argumentation.

Irresolution: Morbid scrutiny of motives spiced with laziness.

Irresistibility: The elixir of love.

Ixtlan: Where Carlos Castaneda went in search of a Ph. D.

Thomas Jefferson: A spendthrift and connoisseur of fine wines who sold himself to history as a man of the people because, in a way, he was.

Jeremiad: A series of small lies told, presumably, in the interest of a large truth.

Jerk: A person who tends to resemble the Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives.

Jest: A joke with misdirected projection.

Jesus: A figure of great historical power who now is brought to public attention primarily by insipid bumper stickers.


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