June 30, 2009
This has probably been asked here before (sorry)–but, are you delighted to know the names for certain things? I know I like saying the names of trees and plants when I identify them, and I’m also excited to hear what obscure mechanical parts are called (isinglass and petcock, for instance). Other terms do it for me too: recently I was reminded by India that the symbol for a paragraph is called a pilcrow. Now when I see one and remember the name–I think of lovely India! Maybe that’s why I like the names for things: they allow us to hold on to a larger world, as we look through the electron haze of each one–that nimbus lit by our combined minds. So what are your favorite names for things? (Warning–I will make them my own).