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“Names, once they are in common use, quickly become mere sounds, their etymology buried, like so many of earth’s marvels, beneath the dust of habit.” —Salman Rusdie

Bat & Bug 5

Untagged tints
Glints incognito

A noun is not a name you give something. It is something you watch becoming itself, and you have to have the patience to find out what it is —Derek Walcott

Bat & Bug 4

Tingling tones
Doppler dappling

You have but to know an object by its proper name for it to lose its dangerous magic —Elias Canetti

Bat & Bug 2

Observers question

Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are —José Saramago

Bat & Bug 6

What be we
Fabulous phenoms

Pen names are masks that allow us to unmask ourselves —Terri Guillemets

Bat & Bug 10

Famed celebs
Reflecting, ponder
What’s in names

If cats looked like frogs we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember ―Terry Pratchett

Bat & Bug 8

Name me that

My parents used to call me ‘The Little Frog,’ because whenever they asked how I knew something, I’d say ‘read it,’ which sounds a bit like a frog croak —Talulah Riley

Bat & Bug 3

Sharp pointed
Peaky silhouette
Villain’s wuss

Respecting a cat is the beginning of the aesthetic sense —Erasmus Darwin

Bat & Bug 1

Menacing eminence
Hissy puss

Proper names are poetry in the raw. Like all poetry they are untranslatable —W.H. Auden 

Bat & Bug 12a

Amphibious slug
Goggly mug

I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something —Richard P. Feynman

Bat & Bug 9

Thus redubbed
Goggly slug became
Ugly bug

I confused things with their names: that is belief —Jean-Paul Sartre


Anon’s Tales
Fabulous phenoms
Names in lights

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see —Anais Nin Quotes

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Some great quotes and some great takes on those quotes. In particular, …”call me that”

    August 30, 2022
  2. By the way, since you are on the topic of frogs & cats; lately, I have been addicted to a frog vlogger (?) from Japan on youtube. I never knew frogs could be so funny. Maybe not as funny as cats, perhaps, but it is a different kind of funny.

    August 30, 2022
    • I searched for the funny Japanese frogs on youtube, but Japanese Live Frog / Fish Dish popped up. A few seconds into that video, I was so not laughing that I knew that couldn’t be it.

      August 31, 2022
    • P.S.. “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” –Mark Twain

      August 31, 2022
    • Yes, thanks, Geo. I can see the attraction. I will watch for anecdotes about a boy and his pet amphibian, on Trefology. 🙂

      August 31, 2022
  3. Abraca
    a proper noun
    for one who wants to
    have magic in her life

    September 19, 2022
  4. Thank you for the magic, LuAnne.
    Your proper noun dabras! 🙂

    Proper noun of life
    dabra verbs

    September 19, 2022

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