As long (and some might say, tedious) as last week’s Wordplay Wednesday stood on its soapbox, this week’s creative curiosity is pleasantly short. Let’s just say, it’s cut off at the neck …
ACEPHALOUS (ā sefʹɘ lɘs) – adj.; Zoology: 1) having no part of the body differentiated as the head; 2) having no leader. And from the Encyclopædia Britannica: The word is used literally in biology; and metaphorically in prosody or grammar … In zoology, the mollusca are divided into cephalous and acephalous (Acephala), according as they have or have not an organized part of their anatomy as the seat of the brain and special senses. [WW#45]
|Yummy plate of oysters from France|
So there you have the official brainiac definitions. And yes, your yummy oysters are in the acephalous family, as are giant squid and the like – and though in their own species, are animals.
Sounds more like a disease, but there is oh, so much more to our headless wonder …
You animal folks may know the term well in your kingdom, while anthropologists liken us to animals and apply it to societies … what are they trying to tell us?
Perhaps they agree that our government is a cabal (last week’s word) of animals that fit this description? Certainly headless and … have not an organized part of their anatomy as the seat of the brain and special senses. Hahaha … sorry, just couldn’t help myself.
Enjoy your week and try not to mingle with too many who exhibit traits of acephalous!
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