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Topic: Grrr! (01/28/10)
TITLE: What's in a Name?
By Allison Egley
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"I think I'll name this one 'gorilla.'"
"Why? It doesn't say 'grrrrr'
"Eve, if I named every animal based on the sound it made, all the birds;. well, most of them at least, would be 'chirper.' Or 'chirps.' Or 'chipity.' Besides, gorillas do grrrr... Kind of."
"No they don't."
"Well then what sound do they make?"
"I don't know. It's more of a yell. Or a screech. Or, well... it's not grrrrr"
"Ok. Fine. Gorillas don't grrrr. But it's still a gorilla."
"And I still say it's a dumb name."
"You know, this isn't as easy as it looks, Eve. I mean, I have to come up with a name that sounds good. It can't just be anything."
"Sure it can."
"No. It can't. Here. I'll prove it to you. Next! Okay. I think I'll name this one 'bukelflupakaji.'"
"'Bukel...' What? You cannot name an animal that."
"Because it doesn't sound like anything. It's nonsense."
"Exactly. See? This isn't as easy as it looks. I think I'll name it 'groundhog.' And don't say 'But it doesn't grrr. I know it doesn't. But it does live in the ground. So it's a groundhog."
"Yeah, but it looks nothing like the 'hog' over there."
"Eve, you're really starting to get on my nerves here. Why don't you name the next one?"
"Fine. Maybe I will. Next! I name this one.. Um... well... maybe... 'lumpigy?'"
"It's the best I can come up with. I think you're better at this than I am, Adam. I'm sorry I made fun of your names. What do you think?"
"Oh, I don't know; what about 'hippopotamus?'
"Oh, I love it. Can I call it 'hippo' for short? It's so cute!"
"Sure, Eve. Whatever you want. But remember. Just because an animal is cute does not make it friendly. Remember when you tried to pet the baby grizzly bear?"
"Too well. I never did find that piece of my pinky toe. I will remember not to mess with the hippo."
"Thank you. I would prefer not to have to perform mouth to mouth again. God is much better at the 'breath of life'"
"You can say that again."
"What was that?"
"Oh, nothing, Adam. Nothing."
"Well, I think we're done for now. We'd better get some deep sea diving gear."
"Deep sea diving? What's that?"
"I don't know, but we'd better find out."
"Tomorrow we're naming the water animals."
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