Camels vs. dromedaries?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Apr 4 03:36:09 UTC 2008

At 10:29 PM -0400 4/3/08, Mark Mandel wrote:
>In the northern hemisphere the moon looks (sort of) like a D while
>growing from new to full, and like a C while shrinking from full to
>new. C is the first letter of "crescens", Latin 'growing' and source
>of "crescent", while D is the initial of "decrescens" 'shrinking'.
>Therefore the moon is a liar.
>Well, it works if you're a northern-hemisphere classicist.
>m a m

Or a speaker of a Romance language, or someone
eating a croissant or décroissant while looking
up at the moon...


>On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 10:17 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
>>  At 4/3/2008 04:02 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>>   >At 2:49 PM -0400 4/3/08, Mark Mandel wrote:
>>   >>FWIW, I could never remember which of the Bactrian and dromedary was
>>   >>which, till I looked at the capital B and capital D sideways.
>>   >>
>>   >>Mark Mandel
>>   >Aha.  So camels always tell the truth, unlike the moon, which always lies.
>>   Well, I'm going through an eclipse, and in the dark on this apothegm.
>>   Joel
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