HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

December 15, 2008
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Lewinsky: A subject polite people do not discuss in restaurants

Lexemes: Things that are surprisingly like words, except that there are a lot more of them.

Liberal Arts: The subjects in college rich people insist on having taught to their kids so they can remain on top of the heap.

Liberalism: Love of failure.

Liberation: Prospective condition of people in a snit.

Lie: Statement made to help someone (often oneself) which is hard to remember precisely.

Life: An activity best characterized by its brevity.

Lifestyle: Neologism concocted by the KGB in an attempt to cause the United States to die of vulgarism.

Lift: In England, an elevator; in America, what you’re supposed to get from St. John’s Wort.

Light: Beer and water mixed in about equal measure for selling to people who can’t mix beer and water themselves.

Like: Verb indicating how television detectives feel about someone they think has committed a crime: a revealing term indicative of the genuine relationship between police and criminals.

Limerick: The poetic form that has managed to capture the greatest number of ladies' bottoms.


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