|My July Post|
My July Post
Jul. 9th, 2009 @ 07:05 pm
Coin collecting and stamp collecting are both equally dull.
"Numismatics" sounds appropriately dry, while "philately" sounds exotic and possibly obscene.
(Check back mid-August for my next post.)
I don't know about that. Numismatics
has a bit of the air of the illusionist, I think, a numismatist sounds like someone who ought to get up on stage and perform unsettling tricks upon which a Hugh Jackman-Christian Bale movie will later be based. Philately
on the other hand smacks of an adverb one would apply to the aging curator of a museum.
Well, "philately" is, I admit, a word much better spoken than seen on the page... while maybe "numismatics" is classier in print, where it doesn't sound so pedantically nasal.
Ethan Coen has an obscene limerick built around the word "philately." Would you like me to post?
Certainly! It might go nicely with this limerick I uncovered, apparently written by Frank Lloyd Wright, on numismatics:
I found in the News Numismatic
High pricing that made me ecstatic
on a mis-minted cent
Lincoln mangled and bent
like the ones I produce in my attic.
A philatelist out in the sticks
Had to patiently tell all the hicks
Who had offered to sit
for philately, it
In fact wasn't the sucking of dicks
A classy line from the darling of the Academy's poetry collection The Drunken Driver Has The Right Of Way
Thanks--I think that bolsters my original argument very nicely!
|Date:||July 10th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)|| |
Numismatics is one of my favorite words. Numismatics, numismatics, numismatics. :)
I do find myself appreciating the word a lot more when it's divorced from the context where I usually find it, the cover of The Numismatic News... :)
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