HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

November 17, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Job: A noun which comes from the middle English term for “lump,” and despite a convoluted etymology has retained, throughout, a lumpish, vulgar quality; there is scarcely anything so low, for example, as a politician extruding his policy for creating jobs.

Jocularity: Making fun in a riotous way which, if it pleases at all, does so for little more than an instant.

Journal: A small blank book in which young ladies write down their impressions of young men they have met recently--used to be private, but with Ken Starr, who knows?

Journalist: A diurnal historiographer, easily at home with material he doesn’t know.

Journey: An event said to be more important than arrival, a wisdom probably not proffered by one who journeys often on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Joy: An emotion which is genuine to the degree its source is believed to be lasting.

Judge: A television character who can be played only by a woman.

Jurisprudence: Compulsion in its philosophical guise.

Kangaroo: An animal which gets run over by cars far more often than Americans can imagine.

Kazoo: An instrument which has about the relationship to music as Pat Robertson does to the Christian faith.

Kill: A verb the proponents of capital punishment never quite get round to using when they are talking about what they wish to do with their victims.

Kill-joy: A person behaving more sensibly at a party than you are.


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