(urth) Grand Unified Theory

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Thu Sep 2 19:23:18 PDT 2010

  Well done. Are there any characters named Spider?

But since silk is an animal product, Chenille can't be named for a 
fabric derived from it. It has to be cotton that she is named for, not 
silk or wool. And I'm sure it's been noticed that corn has silk too, but 
plants are female, so that meaning is ruled out for Silk. I suppose that 
a chem could be named Chenille too---the rayon kind.

Chenille is a robot!

On 9/2/2010 9:29 PM, Jack Smith wrote:
> It's interesting that chenille can be a fabric made out of *silk* as 
> well as cotton yarn.
> che·nille   [shuh-neel]
> –noun
> 1.
> a velvety cord or yarn of silk or worsted, for embroidery, fringes, etc.
> 2.
> fabric made with a fringed silken thread used as the weft in 
> combination with wool or cotton.
> 3.
> 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 <mailto: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
>     <mailto:severiansola at hotmail.com>>/* wrote:
>         From: Lee Berman <severiansola at hotmail.com
>         <mailto:severiansola at hotmail.com>>
>         Subject: (urth) Grand Unified Theory
>         To: urth at lists.urth.net <mailto: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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