icon caret-left icon caret-right instagram pinterest linkedin facebook twitter goodreads question-circle facebook circle twitter circle linkedin circle instagram circle goodreads circle pinterest circle

Picturing a World

Flowery insults

The phrase petaloid monocot jumped out at me this morning from one of my Christmas presents, a copy of Walter and Graham Judds’ Flora of Middle-Earth: What a great insult! Imagine growling at somebody, “You, petaloid monocot.”

How about concocting a list of similar, offensive-sounding, totally innocuous, botanical phrases for personal use or attribution to a fictional character? As 2018 nears, beware the glaubrous corms.

The Judds’ book satisfies the Tolkien, naturalist, and woodcut geek in many ways. For a discussion by the father-son, author-artist team on why they wrote it, click here.
Be the first to comment