Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Year of the Wombat?


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements. 😉

What if years had names rather than numbers?

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  1. Wombat year sounds good. I like that name, better than Duck-billed platypus

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    1. I think I could come up with a better name, though. It was just the word that popped into my head when I titled this thing.

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  2. That would be way too confusing. But of course, I'm just thinking that because I'm used to the numbers. I like numbering things. It keeps them in order.

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  3. I agree that it would be too confusing. I like the sense of order in the numbers and I wonder who would be in charge of naming the years and how many years in advance would they be naming?

    Happy New Year!

    betty

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  4. A number of cultures (including some which are Native American) have that custom when it comes to naming years. They may name a year "The Year of the Great Drought" or "The Year we Starved" or something like that. They don't get confused. It works for them.

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    1. I'm not surprised it's not an original idea.

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  5. The Year of My Mid-Life would be what I'd name 2020. :D

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    1. I didn't think of personal names. That's a thought...

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  6. I guess we sort of do...I am from the baby boomer generation or some it known as an era, like Victorian era.
    But what I call 2019. It would take a little thinking on it

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  7. I am reminded of the Chinese zodiac. ~grin~ Be well!

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