HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

January 5, 2009
From Sanitas

A Lexicon for the 21st Century

John Turner


Low: Adjective defining, fairly completely, the nature of 43% of the human race, which can be neither admitted nor addressed.

Lucidity: Beauty of mind.

Lumbago: A more honest name for a sore back than current titles which pretend to know what caused it.

Luminous: The condition of a palace of ice when the sun first strikes it, like a political candidate on the evening of his victory.

Lung: A body part discussed only when someone is about to die.

Luridness: Siamese twin of piety.

Luxury: The harbinger of a dying state, and the maker of false promises in which we continue to believe no matter how often we are disappointed.

Lycanthropy: That which lurks in Jack Nicolson’s smile.

Lyric Poetry: Cries of ecstasy and despair which are trying, and failing, to replace good thought; they have their uses though.

Macho: Characteristic attributed by sissies to ordinary guys.

Madness: A condition rare in individuals but, according to Nietzsche, the rule in groups and nations.

Magazine Woman: A composite figure culled from advertisements by The Social Affairs Unit which predicts that the women we're going to encounter in the future will scarcely make the heart rise up.


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