HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

November 24, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Kings: People whose houses you will do well to stay out of; the same can be said for presidents.

Koan: The reputation of Bill Clinton with the American people.

Koro: Fear of too much inside and not enough outside.

Knave: A bad guy in a poem.

Knife: An instrument connected with sordid offices, and even more sordid actions.

Knockwurst: A food that may explain a great deal about German political proclivities.

Labor: A practice endured only by contemplating its end.

Labyrinth: A puzzle said to be synonymous with life, except in a labyrinth there is a path to the core of the thing.

Ladies: Thought in youth to be a refuge from clamor, insult, and rusticity, but found in age to be nothing of the sort--perhaps the most disappointing discovery

Lagomorph: Absurd name for a rabbit.

Laity: People not obliged to say what they think.

Lalitha: A strain of beetles which take the form of beautiful women in order to devour the men they seduce, thus carrying out the essential female function.


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