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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Sunday Rest: Word Not To Use Today: chasmogamy.

The waterlilies,
Awakened by the sun,
Unclose their shining petals
In crowns of glory.

Or, if you're a flat-footed botanist, they exhibit chasmogamy.

Chasmogamy means their flowers open to allow pollination.

Chasmogamy. I ask you.

Science doesn't have to be so ugly, you know.

Word Not To Use Today: chasmogamy. This word was made up in the 1900s. It comes from the Greek khasma, which means chasm, and gamos, which means marriage.

Yuk.



2 comments:

  1. Wasn't it also the name of the contract that Dave signed when he agreed to perform exclusively with Chas?

    *sighs*

    That joke sounded a lot better before I wrote it down.

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    1. Yack yack rabbit rabbit...it's what this blog is all about.

      PS Chas and Dave are a very very English duo.

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