7:34 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Love Alone Is Worth The Fight sung by Switchfoot [21st century, Misk!]
Hello, all. I hope everyone is hanging in. Signs of Spring abound [although the NE and NW US might query that]. As soon as the rain stops deluging Europe and storming eastern Australia, I am sure they will both see signs of their upcoming seasons. I have had the Olympics on most of the past few days and have been made more aware of the body and how it does and doesn’t work. Ribs have a hard time of it.
Did you know that the technical name for the rib is costa? Such a simple little word, that originally meant side, in Latin. In French it became costelette, ‘little rib piece,’ better known by many as cutlet. I know: Ahah!
We are all familiar with spareribs and shortribs, and, er, our ribs, but ribs also describe the projecting molding on the underside of a church vault or other ceiling, which may be ornamental or structural. I have been in some underground vaults that use the same design, as the abbey to the left. Although not visible the spine runs down the centre and each rib connects to it.
If you have ever seen a boat mid-build, you have seen its ribs and spine, more familiar to the eye as similar to ours than the abbey ceiling.
To rib someone, as in to tease, is a 20th century term, probably American. It comes from rib-tickler, which I’m thinking first arose from someone tickling someone else. You can see the logical development to anything that makes someone laugh.
Finally, consider the rib cage of the human body. In the image you can see the shape of the cage, horizontal instead of vertical bars. If you want to take metaphorical flight, what birds does this cage enclose? What locks, or unlocks, this cage?
You can also write about any memory, or story you know of, involving ribs. I look forward to seeing how you approach this. Is there a form that simulates a ribcage?
I shall see you Thursday for information about two new ezines; Friday for the weekly prompt roundup; and next Tuesday for our image prompt.
Happy writing, everyone.