Bands with names based on geography:
- Atlanta Rhythm Section
- Dixie Chicks
- Texas Tornadoes
- Georgia Satellites
- Kentucky Headhunters
After careful consideration, “Earth, Wind, and Fire” was disqualified because the “earth” in the title refers to an element, not a place.
Please add the ones I’ve overlooked in the comments.
In this excerpt from Beyond Words by Carl Safina, ©2015, the author discusses the role of words in communication:
Words are at best a loose cargo net of labels that we throw over our wild and woolly perceptions, hoping to catch and observe some of our thoughts and feelings. Words are sketches of the real thing, and some sketches capture a better likeness than others. Can you describe the feeling of an itch without the label “itch”? Neither can a dog, but the dog scratches, so we know it, too, itches. Can you describe the wetness of water? Or how love feels, or sadness, or the smell of snow or how an apple tastes– ? No words equal the experiences.
Speech is a slippery grip for measuring thoughts. People might lie. We sometimes ignore what someone is saying and use body language as a more truthful guide to what they’re really feeling. Sometimes words fail us. And that fact that we learn different languages shows that words are rather arbitrary: that authentic thoughts arise first; then we paste words onto them. Words interpret thoughts. Thoughts come first.
Anthropocentric: an·thro·po·cen·tric (ăn′thrə-pə-sĕn′trĭk) adj.
- Regarding humans as the central element of the universe.
- Interpreting reality exclusively in terms of human values and experience.
Some people are looking at this and thinking, “Of course!”
Some people are not.
English, as a language, certainly has room for improvement. Case in point:
- eminent: above others in quality or position
- imminent: close in time, about to happen
- immanent: of a mental act performed entirely within the mind
When a flock of birds is startled and flies away, there’s always one bird that lags behind, looking about with a confused, quizzical look on his face.
I call this the Cat Food Bird.
Another excerpt from newsman H. Allen Smith’s autobiography Low Man On A Totem Pole, ©1941:
During the years I’ve been in New York I’ve interviewed many Britishers. Once I went to a small luncheon for H.G. Wells and chiseled into a chair two seats removed from the great man. I sat in rapt silence, scarcely daring to lift a fork for fear I would miss a few words of his casual discourse. All through that luncheon he spoke of only one thing. He said he didn’t like green peas; he could not remember ever having liked green peas and he was confident he would go to his grave disliking green peas.
I don’t like green peas, either. It’s nice to have something in common with H.G. Wells.
I looked up the word “Britishers,” and it’s a real word. It used to be pejorative, but now it’s considered jocular. It’s probably safer not to use it, in case the person you are talking with is old-school and takes it the wrong way.