Idea of the week.
This post is brought to you by ‘book dipping’. Which unfortunately doesn’t involve wading naked through piles of loose leaf paper.
Though I’m sure there is a blog post somewhere that covers that niche if you’re into it. ‘Book dipping’ is like ‘Bible dipping‘
but less creepy; flip to a random page, scan it and pick a word that stands out. BAM subject acquired.
No, it’s not a disease commonly found in domestic cats. It refers to the idea that a person’s given name reflects aspects of their personality rather than being an arbitrary word (but the theory extends beyond proper names to encompass all language)¹. According to the Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory the word is native to Plato, appearing in his dialogue Cratylus.
¹Cuddon, J, 1999, Cratylic in Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory, Penguin Books, London, England, p191.