Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dispatch # 2: Hayden, Aquanetta, Porter, Larva, Placenta

Hayden  [hād'n] (Germanic).

1) From Medieval German meaning 'godless heathen'.

2) An etymological  word compound

('hay' and 'den') meaning 'cow feed

storage barn'.

3) Planetarium near Central Park

crowded on weekends by throngs of hyper-educated

parents and their always brilliant children.  

Alternate spellings: Haiden, Hydn

Aquanetta [ˈækwəˌnetta] (Latin Vulgate)

1) She who displays an uncanny

ability to maintain her hair in a

rigid, glacier-like state under all

environmental conditions.

2) Evokes the solitary romance of deep sea fishing, while slyly addressing the ironic reality of a male dominated fishing industry amid an undulating sea and its mythological femininity.  

Porter [ˈpɔrtər] (Middle English)

1) Janitor.

2) An attendant working in rail cars, usually equipped with nifty hats and white gloves.

3) A dark beer first brewed in the 17th Century originally prepared specifically for porters.

Larva [laarv] (Latin)

1) Freshly hatched, wingless, often wormlike form of many insects before metamorphosis.

2) Deep symbol of fertility; representing the theological expression of the biblical injunction to furiously and incessantly copulate. 
3) Latin Origin: ghost, specter, devil, mask, skeleton.

Placenta [plsent] (Greek)

1) A flattened circular organ in the uterus of a pregnant mammal, nourishing and maintaining the fetus through the umbilical cord (OxDic); better known as the rather messy detritus of afterbirth. 

2) A profound expression of Mother Earth nurturing all creatures in its messy and sloppy primordial midst.

3) Likewise, an etymological compound ('place' and 'centah'), or central place for fetii.

4) Originally a Greek flat, round cake, implying an inherent sweetness and roundness recalling the circularity of all life.