Artie and his pet rabbit...
Sigh..... No one was caught in the act of doing anything this week, not
even the Former Phonetics Lab. So, since no one submitted any news of
interest, the Sesquipeditor has taken the liberty of including a
picture of Penny and Ivan's cat Artie. Artie's real name is
`Artham', which is the neuter form of `Arthas', which was his original
name (before his little anatomically significant trip to the vet)...
You see, Artie originally had a brother `Vaakie', whose real name was
`Vaak'. Now `Vaak' and `Arthas' are of course Sanskrit for `word' and
`meaning', which the true Sanskrit aficionados among you will no doubt
recognize from Kalidasa's famous `Vagarthau iva samprikhtau...'
(`intertwined like word and meaning'...) The names fit, because Vaak did all
the talking and Artie sat around giving meaningful looks.
Anyway, our cats' names quickly evolved into `Artie/Wartie' and
`Vaakie/Waakie' because, well, it just seemed like the right thing to
do at the time, given their total cuteness, utter lack of
decorum, etc. Alas, Vaak came to an early end and, much to our
surprise, Artie suddenly became the most talkative cat in the world
(We're kicking ourselves for not having done a systematic cat language
study; we could have cornered the market!). This picture shows you
that Artie has now settled for a stuffed rabbit as his bedtime
companion. And we decided to call the rabbit `Harvey', rather than
`Arjuna', `Bhima', or `Drtarashtra'...