Pat’s Poetry Corner: How Do You Spell “Stenoecious”?

Science is full of extremely long and complicated words, such as crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk), omnivorous (eating both animals and plants), and deciduous (describing trees that shed leaves in the fall and grow new ones in the spring).  This helps them to jargonize, obfuscate, and adumbrate (maintain their tenure).

Scientists, who can be really masochistic sometimes, use mnemonics to help remember some of the more terrifying words.  Here’s the poem which will ensure that you always remember both the meaning and the spelling of stenoecious (living in only one type of environment):

An engraving of the Canard Digérateur, or “Digesting Duck” created by Jacques de Vaucanson in 1739.  This unique, imaginary duck, living in only one location, was stenoecious.  Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

An engraving of the Canard Digérateur, or “Digesting Duck” created by Jacques de Vaucanson in 1739. This unique, imaginary duck, living exclusively in one type of habitat (a museum), was stenoecious.
Image Source: Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

How Do You Spell “Stenoecious”?

Animals which are stenoecious
Are neither daring nor bodacious
Just familiar habitat they tread
From date of birth until they’re dead
Their grip on the familiar
Is tenoacious.

 

 

 

“Pat’s Poetry Corner” wishes to eulogize its spell-checker, which chivalrously gave its life while researching this poem.  At first, our favorite part of the research was trying to locate an appropriate illustration.  Then our favorite part of the research was finding out there was once a “Digesting Duck” on exhibit in a French museum in the 1700s.  And, because we’re sure you’re all wondering, the opposite of “stenoecious” — living in a variety of habitats — is “euryoecious.”

“Without…the duck of Vaucanson, you will have nothing to remind you
of the glory of France.” —
Voltaire

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