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Monday, 4 July 2016

Spot the Frippet: something theroid.

It's not easy to find a beast, not in the Home Counties*, and something theroid is something relating to, or resembling, a beast.

But what exactly counts as a beast? 

After some thought, the nearest I can get is that a beast is an animal that's beastly.

We can narrow it down further. I don't think a bird can be a beast, or a frog, though a large reptile like a Komodo dragon can.

In fact I rather think that a beast can only really be a beast if it's potentially beastly to us.

But even that won't do, because horse flies and wasps can make themselves very unpleasant without being beasts. A beast needs strength and heft.

Coming back to the Home Counties of England, I realise with some sadness that the only beasts left to us are horses, cows, and stags.

I find myself full of envy for those of you who have a chance of spotting a bear:

File:Black bear large.jpg
photo by Mike Bender/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

a cougar:

photo by Malcolm

 or a kangaroo:

File:Red Kangaroo.jpg
photo by dnatheist

But I am going to have to make do with someone's pet horse.

Spot the Frippet: something theroid. This word comes from the Greek thēroeidēs, from thēr, which means wild animal.  

*The Home Counties are the more comfortable areas surrounding London.

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