I’ve been volunteering at the Gilb Museum in Arcadia , CA. It used to be called a history museum , but that has changed . Now it’s the museum of Arcadia heritage .
There was a fight with the Arcadia Historical Society some years ago . The city took over the museum and the Society split , moved out acrimoniously . There were hard feelings that may or may not still simmer . I’ve heard part of the story a couple of times , but it’s confusing . I don’t really care about the details , I must admit . I think it’s too bad , though . A museum ‘of city heritage’ , is a cognomen that tweaks the stated purpose of the facility just enough to make the eponym a meaningless euphemism . My postulate . But no one asked me .
I’m working on the Tool Collection now . The Historical Society abandoned a box of tools , left them to the museum . Some of them had price tags attached . The Society , evidently , held garage sales to dispose of some of their collection , rather than give them to the museum .
Here’s one of the items left to the museum . Maybe it didn’t sell .
I have to name items accurately . I have to name them with a term from the lexicon . This is a novel concept for me . I’m not a lexicon lover , although I understand the need for it . I don’t even like the word ‘lexicon’. Maybe it’s just me .
Well , I don’t like the word ‘understand’ much , either . Who or what is standing under what ? Doesn’t seem to be comprehensible like ‘underwriter’ or ‘undertaker’ . Well , I know I could look it up . But , I’d rather reinforce my prejudicial opinion in this case and call it fact . ‘Understand ‘ should be excised from the lexicon. Or , perhaps , exorcised . Admittedly , there is a long list of to-be-exorcised words , eg. anacolution, semiotics, metacognitive , but these aren’t used much , anyway . Most people instinctively ignore these words , but ‘understand’ sneaks in , hiding in plain sight . Understand ?
So , how would you label this thing , you carpenters , you wood workers ? The closest I found in the lexicon is Box , Screw . I know , I know ; it’s full of nails . There’s no Box , Nail in the lexicon . It may also be that I’m totally off . Maybe it’s a Cup , Egg, or a Peeler, Apple , or a Wrench , Monkey . Well , perhaps I’m laying it on a little too thick , making too much of this .
I’m happy that all of life doesn’t need to fit into a lexicon . Lexicon ! What a word ! Want to lexiconize ? Go for it ! After all : To each his own . Wordstock until you’re full .