Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pegacorn vs. Pegicorn

I know the title of this post sounds like one of those cheesy sci-fi movies with titles like Mega Shark vs. Tuna Zombies or Siberian Death Plants vs. Octogatorpus but unfortunately it’s not. That post can be found here.

Nope, this post is about the correct spelling for the name of the magical beast that so majestically represents our blog. I’m talking about that flying unicorn horse thingy that is in our header.

I always spell it Pegicorn while Pat spells it Pegacorn. But which is the right way? Unfortunately for me I’m now just noticing that the spell checker is only flagging my spelling of the word but that doesn’t mean Pat is right.

OK Pat, let’s hear your case for spelling it with an ‘a’.

Pat: I’m just trying to give equal representation for each animal. We agree that, however you spell it, it is an eight-letter beast, yes? Well, given that it is half PEGAsus and half uniCORN...I rest my case!

And just to give a shout-out to historical accuracy...let’s not forget that we started talking about said creature after I referenced my son’s fascination with it. And at the time, likely due to his speech impediment...or his general inability to read...he referred to it as a “pagacorn”. Clearly, the ‘A’ is the dominant vowel!

Christian: Not only am I going to argue that pegicorn is the correct spelling, but I’m also going to argue that pegacorn is also the correct spelling, but for a different mystical creature.

You see, the reason why the ‘i’ is so important is because it distinguishes between two subsets of beasts. If you call a creature a pegicorn it means it’s a cross between a pegasus and a unicorn or bicorn or tricorn (for PCPPP it’s a unicorn). However, a pegacorn is a cross between a PEGasus and a quadrACORN.

That’s right, a quadracorn, which everyone knows is a unicorn type creature but with four horns instead of just one. I did a google image search for a quadracorn but oddly enough no results were found..

So I took a couple of days off of work to try and artistically capture the essence and grace of this beautifully stunning and magnificent creature. I think I succeeded:

Breathtaking.

So Pat, that is why the PCPPP mascot is spelled with an ‘i’. It obviously has no quadracorn DNA in it.

Pat:  Did you, by chance, engage in any role playing games in your basement as a youth?

Christian: HA! Jokes on you. We didn’t even have a basement when I was growing up.

So does this mean you are agreeing that quadracorn is the way to spell it? Or are you going to continue to be as wrong as a level 9 Druid with only +3 shadow spell?

Pat: No, I’m not conceding. I was just trying an old school-bully tactic of discrediting your argument by proving you an ├╝bergeek. But you just kinda’ did that yourself, so...thanks.

I still think you’re wrong.

Christian: Then what term do you use when you are talking about a pegasus quadracorn cross-breed?.

Pat:  I generally don’t find myself talking about them. Please refer to my previous comment.  

Seriously, dude, you’re digging a really big geek-hole here. As a friend I must warn you to stop.

Christian: I’m sorry but I’m having a hard time believing the topic of pegasus quadracorn cross-breeds don’t come up often for you. You’re a teacher for god’s sake. I probably find myself talking about pegasus quadracorn cross-breeds at least three times a day.

But for argument’s sake, let’s say you did find yourself talking about a pegasus quadracorn cross-breed. What term would you use to refer to them?

Pat:  “Mythical creature”. Well, maybe “KICK ASS mythical creature”.

Christian: But then how do they know which KICK ASS mythical creature you are talking about? By just saying KICK ASS mythical creature you could be talking about a dragon, a cyclops, a cyclagon (half cyclops, half dragon), an orc, a centaur, a mogwai, a Bilbo, sasquatch, a griffin, a keebler elf, a mermaid, a hippogriff, a Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, a kraken, a werewolf, or a pegasus quadracorn cross-breed.

Pat:  I’m kind of reconsidering this blog-partnership thing, Christian. I mean...do you really have time in your life to spare enough for you to be able to consider the taxometric groupings of mythical creatures?

Are you remembering to feed your children?

Christian: If by children you mean my pegasus quadracorn cross-breed snow globes and action figures, then yes I’m feeding them.

OK, I’ll concede that for some reason you rarely talk about pegasus quadracorn cross-breeds. Fine.

But I still feel like the correct spelling for a pegasus unicorn cross-breed is pegicorn. Have you even considered the option of going with pegicorn? By not at least considering it, don’t you think you’re being a little bit selfish and not much of a team player? Remember, there’s no ‘I’ in pegacorn.

Pat:  There seems to be in the version you want me to go with!

Have YOU even considered, dear blog partner, that you may not be wrong on this one, but that doesn’t mean you are right? Hmm?

Such an adamant adherence to a dichotomous approach to the problem reeks of a limited Western logic. It is either “Pegicorn” or “Not-Pegicorn”. So sadly limiting!

Consider, instead, a more Eastern approach: four-way logic, promoted by, among others, Buddhist sage Nagarjuna (ce 150-250), where the possible solutions to your dilemma include “Pegicorn”, “Not-Pegicorn”, “Neither Pegicorn Nor Not-Pegicorn” or “Both Pegicorn and Not-Pegicorn”.

Pretty cool, yeah?

Christian: I don’t know. I kind of had a hard time understanding what you were saying so I stopped reading and decided to draw a picture of a kickass cyclagon instead.

Fierce!

44 comments:

  1. I think it is okay that I give this debate more attention than the impending election...thank you so much for the distraction!

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    1. Definitely. U! S! A! U! S! A! P! E! G! I! C! O! R! N!

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    2. Awesome! But please, tempted as you may be, don't write Christian and I in as candidates for President and Vice-President. We get really competitive, and I don't want to have to leg-wrestle him again to see whose commander-in-chief is stronger!

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  2. Just call it a pegocorn and then nobody's happy.

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    1. But then what word do we use to describe a Pegasus Octocorn cross-breed?

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    2. No, no. An Octopegacorn is completely different than a Pegasus Octocorn cross-breed. I should know, I thought about majoring in biology in college.

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  3. Team Pegicorn. Always go for the argument with pictures.

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    1. Thank you. You can't argue with pictures. They're basically science.

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    2. Yeah? Well then, partner, can you draw me a picture of a scientist showing you his middle finger? Can you argue with that?

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  4. You're leaving out the very important fact that neither of you watched enough My Little Pony growing up. It shows.

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    1. This is true. At least for me (can't speak for Pat). Did this issue come up in the series? Were there My Little Pegicorns?

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    2. Do I win any points, though, for knowing what a "Bro-nie" is?

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  5. Have you considered that you are combining the wrong syllables?

    What about a UNICASUS?

    (For the record, though, even if Pegacorn is more logically sound, I SAY Pegicorn out loud. PEGICORN PEGICORN!)

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    1. Unicasus? You just turned my whole world upside down in a very good way.

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    2. I think I had a unicasus removed from under my arm one time. Or I had it lanced...I can't remember.

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  6. I would just like to point out the work Christian put into that drawing. I found multiple different attempts at the beautiful pegacorn that has graced this post. Although I was pretty sure that our 4 year old son was the reason for the drawing (and probably did most of it) until I read this. And I did think it was pegicorn until Pat's reasoning, he convinced me- sorry Christian!

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    1. Don't listen to this woman people. She's must be insane. And everyone of those multiple different attempts I did were amazing!

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    2. I LOVE AMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. I really thought the quadracorn would be a killer acorn with four horns. Very disappointed.

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  8. I have to side with Pat, mainly because Google says it's "pegacorn" and I will not argue with our internet overlords. But that drawing was pretty persuasive.

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    1. Isn't having Google on your side, in this day and age, kind of akin to having god on your side?

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  9. Pat does come up with some pretty sound logic but that has never stopped me before. Pegicorn just feels right and you can't argue with feelings (because they end up crying and you have to apologize even if it isn't your fault).

    Bonus points for Christian if you *do* draw a killer acorn with four horns.

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    1. It would probably take me a week or two to properly draw a quadrakillacorn.

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    2. It's not like you're doing any thing else, right????

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    3. All I've ever aspired to is "sound logic". Good enough for me! I'm out!

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  10. You can't argue with Pat's logic, except that apparently yes you can, and I'm a hard-headed closed-minded left-and-or-right-brained kind of person, so I'm going to stubbornly refuse to agree with him just because I've always assumed it was pegicorn so I'm not about to change my opinion now.

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    1. Really? You've ALWAYS assumed it was "pegicorn". I'm not so much sore at losing your vote as I am concerned that you've spent a lot of time thinking about something that I thought we just made up.

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    2. Stop badgering our intelligent, gifted, and agreeable with me readers Pat!

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  11. This post has made me think more about mythical creature cross-species nookie and its terrifying results than I had ever before imagined.

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    1. Thank you. It's nice to know we are making a difference out there.

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    2. Just wait until we unveil our Gorgon erotica!

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  12. Sure, Pat says half PEGAsus and half uniCORN, but what about half PEGasus and have unICORN?

    Team Pegicorn.

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    1. Exactly! Math is way too vague of a science to support Pat's argument.

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    2. That completely negates the obvious fact that there is more pegasus in the creature than there is unicorn. Those wings FAR outweigh that horn! Makes me think we should move to name it the Pegasorn. But that might just be me wanting to spite you. Sorry.

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  13. The picture is indeed breathtaking. So thankful for the illustration b/c trying to picture the whole 4 horns thing would have really weighed on me.

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    1. Glad I could help. And if you want to send a lot of cash my way that drawing could totally be yours!

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  14. I'm laughing so hard at the fact that you took two days off of work to draw that. I so agree with PEGICORN. PegAcorn sounds like something I would want to eat. Or a squirrel would want to it. My all-time favorite, though, is PAGACORN.

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  15. Um, when I was a kid I called it a "Unicorn-Pegasus." So you're both wrong. HA! Foiled by a ten year old girl!

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