Don’t Fib to Me

27 Mar

cetology – n.  the branch of mammal science that studies the 80 or so different varieties of whales

Classical Usuage:  Familiarize yourself with this word, because Melville uses it all of the time.  It comes up in the Extracts before you can even get to the real page numbers.  An entire chapter is named Cetology. And, although our Resident Scientist Jeannette will be taking issue with some of Mr. Melville’s cetology, he intersperses it throughout the book.

Classically Mad Usage:  Apparently, I’m already a cetologist.  I can identify the differences between Whale Tub Toys, Whale Dress Embroidery, Whale Baby Bum Applique, and a Whale of a Mess.  Oh, and I can spot a Whale of a Tale on land or sea.


Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Moby-Dick


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2 responses to “Don’t Fib to Me

  1. Jeannette

    March 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    My children have been practicing cetology lately – M. has been making lovely Moby Dick origami whales, and G. informs me that mini-clip (really not altogether sure exactly what that is) has a computer game called Moby Dick where the whale is swimming around trying not to get hit by harpoons. I told him he may need to guest post on that one.

  2. manonmona

    March 30, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Reblogged this on Espacio de MANON.


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