Carapace. Noun. Hard outer coating of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles. syn: shell, cuticle, shield.
While we are on the subject of hard outer coatings, (apropo previous post, Crustaceans), by changing one simple vowel for another in the middle of the word carapace, turns it into my very own version: caropace.
Caropace. Noun. Tough outer coating of a certain Homo sapiens, more commonly known by the name, Caro. syn: a virtual outer shell invisible to the naked eye designed to protect the soft, sensitive and vulnerable interior spaces of this particular being.
Crustaceans. Noun: any mainly aquatic arthropod usually having a segmented body and chitinous exoskeleton. syn: crustacean. (Just hold that thought for a moment).
Waiting for the BT Man to come and connect me to the grid one typically drizzly winter’s afternoon recently, I opened my sketch book and began drawing the whippets, my feet propped on a footstool allowing me to rest the book in my lap at the perfect angle for drawing.
My subjects, unusually fidgety because they were missing their afternoon walk, forced me to make very rapid drawings, sometimes only managing to establish a few shaky marks before they shifted positions.
A couple of hours later and no-show from BT Man, I had nearly filled an entire sketch book with these scribbles.
So what has all this got to do with Crustaceans, I hear you cry? Well, lets start with prawns. You see, since my daughter started calling the whippets ‘prawns’ on account of their prawn-shaped bodies, my X (the father of my children) – in his very own cryptic way – has come up with a new collective noun for a group of whippets……you guessed it: The Crustaceans.
I have asked him, since he is especially good at drawing caricatures, please could he illustrate for me what this new breed of aquiline creatures might actually look like? He didn’t seem too phased by the challenge so watch this space!