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].)


Serviceable sentences, 47/10,000

Sundays, not for church, were for Shakespeare.
—Adam Plunkett, “Keats and King Lear,” Poetry (11 February 2015)

(Even more interesting, Shakespeare’s work served as a medium for Keats’s [proposed*] experiments with telepathic communion:

Keats imagined an afterlife with “direct communication of spirit” like that which he felt as he wrote to George and felt he could begin to approach by their reading “a passage of Shakespeare every Sunday at ten o’clock” on either side of the Atlantic. “And we shall be as near each other as blind bodies can be in the same room.”

*I do not know if he & George followed through on this.)