Serviceable sentences, 62/10,000

Religion must be a crab, not a cultivated tree.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson, from Journal V (1844-1845), in Selected Journals 1841-1877 (ed. Lawrence Rosenwald)

(Cf. from Webster’s 1913:

“crab,” n.: [Bot.] A crab apple—so named from its
harsh taste. See “crab,” adj.

When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,
Then nightly sings the staring owl. —Shak.

“crab,” adj.: Sour; rough; austere.

Cf. from etymonline:

Old English crabba, from a general Germanic root (compare Dutch krab, Old High German krebiz, German krabbe, Old Norse krabbi “crab”), related to Low German krabben, Dutch krabelen “to scratch, claw,” from PIE root *gerbh– “to scratch, carve” …. French crabe (13c.) is from Germanic, probably Old Norse.

The zodiac constellation name is attested in English from c. 1000; the Crab Nebula (1840), however, is in Taurus, the result of the supernova of 1054, and is so called for its shape.

“… [T]he Crab Nebula … is in Taurus.”

Cf. WokeCapital: “Another scenario is that we get a new religion that allows us to function in productive ways. Don’t ask me how we get from here to there” [emphasis added].)


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