Pull Up Your Agapanthus, Your Aster is Showing is a botanical pronunciation guide illustrated with crazy Victorian engraving-style drawings and captions that make it esy to puzzle out Latin terms. For instance:
Two guys sitting in easy chairs, smoking cigars. One says, "I thought you were in lovage," and the other says, "I was, until she Tolmiea I looked like a Todaea." The first guy says, "Perhaps it’s just Acacia mistaken identity."
Or this one, beneath an image of a crowd of people fleeing a house:
"The children had the chicken Phlox and were looking rather Scabiosa. There was no Vaccinium, so everyone left post Hastata."
You get the idea. Just enough of a pun to make the right pronunciation obvious. Worth it for the art alone, but also fun to contemplate walking about in a state of euphorbia, or being so embarrassed you just want to dianthus. I think we’ve all been there.Posted by Amy Stewart on June 16, 2008 at 5:31 am, in the category Unusually Clever People.