HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

December 1, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Lamkin: A guy you should keep in mind if you’re getting ready to stiff someone on a bill.

Lammas: A day that has declined in importance as our interests have shifted from fresh baked bread to Twinkies.

Language: The key to individual temperament, and to taste.

Languid: Lethargic in the manner of rich ladies seeking to be amused.

Landlord: A lout created by having to deal with other louts, and by a touch of natural inclination.

Lap: The most sensuous of places which all too easily goes away.

Lapin: One of the more pathetic forms of human deception.

Laptop: Computer with a keyboard too small to be typed upon.

Lassitude: The result of working so hard you can’t think of anything else to do:
frequently resorted to by successful men upon retirement as an instrument of suicide.

Law: Impenetrable barrier between us and justice.

Law and Order: The rallying cry of racists in the United States.

Lawn: Perhaps the only defensible symbol of upper-class sensibility still existing in America.


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