(urth) Grand Unified Theory

Jack Smith jack.smith.1946 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 2 18:29:06 PDT 2010

It's interesting that chenille can be a fabric made out of *silk* as well as
cotton yarn.

che·nille   [shuh-neel]
a velvety cord or yarn of silk or worsted, for embroidery, fringes, etc.
fabric made with a fringed silken thread used as the weft in combination
with wool or cotton.
any fabric with a protruding pile, as in certain rayon bedspreads.

On Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 4:46 PM, DAVID STOCKHOFF <dstockhoff at verizon.net>wrote:

> It's not easy to decide where to draw the line. Wolfe explains his naming
> system as little as he possibly can.
> On one hand, Hide, Sinew, and Horn are related names---names you might
> expect from a tribe of cattle herders, for example, because all are cattle
> parts. They are also related by being materials rather than animals. But not
> all names follow this pattern, so the familial nature of this group might
> not be applicable to all names. They may form a system that is limited to
> them alone.
> The simian names are all animals. Fish names are all animals. Both are
> potentially symbolic. Silk and Chenille are both materials, but one is from
> cotton and the other is not.
> These names might form a system, but it's hard to see how family
> relationship is one of them.
> --- On *Thu, 9/2/10, Lee Berman <severiansola at hotmail.com>* wrote:
> From: Lee Berman <severiansola at hotmail.com>
> Subject: (urth) Grand Unified Theory
> To: urth at lists.urth.net
> Date: Thursday, September 2, 2010, 3:39 PM
> >Roy C. Lackey- Where does presumed kinship between characters based on
> name
> >associations stop? Where does it start, and how do you decide which are
> >relevant and which are not?
> Seems to be an individual decision. I find Horn, Sinew, Hoof and Hide
> sufficiently
> associated as inedible beef products and family members to find
> significance in
> their names.
> Likewise for the prosimian members of the Ayuntamiento, Lemur, Loris,
> Potto, Tarsier...
> hm..did I forget one? I think there are no Aye Ayes or Sifakas in
> there...oh isn't there
> a Galago? (thank you internet).
> So those are the easy ones. Are there some harder ones? The names Silk and
> Chenille are
> related. I think Pig is probably related to Phaea just by name. I'd have to
> look into Pork
> a bit further. Maybe there is something there. Perhaps something connects
> characters with
> fish names also. There are so many, many plant and animal names to choose
> from. Why did
> Wolfe pick the ones he picked for the relatively few Vironese characters?
> Seems silly
> to dismiss all possibility of a connection just because you don't see it
> right away.
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