It’s my birthday tomorrow. To mark the occasion my colleagues bought me a card. It has a butterfly on it.
I’ve blogged before on only receiving cards and gifts featuring butterflies. This resulted in the blog tag ‘I saw this and thought of you’* and related post earlier in the year.
At the time I also noted with growing alarm that the number of ‘I saw this and thought of you’ e-mails I receive from friends now heavily feature grammar.
I happened to mention this fact to G, my manager, who proclaimed “does that make you a pedantic lepidopterist?”
As a zoologist, this made him happy.
As a wordsmith, this appealed to me.
As web editor people, this also inspired a search on “pedantic lepidopterist” to see if it was a googlewhack. Bizarrely it wasn’t. Unless you employed quotation marks – which technically means it isn’t a true googlewhack.
At least this review of Vladimir Nabokov’s Private Strife on the Guardian’s website will eventually have a quotation-marked google search result companion in this blog.
*In fact, it’s a bit worrying that this tag is now my fourth most commonly used.