Answers to the 'Discover the Theme' Chapters.
Index of Words.
It's a blessing to have a child at home. As a parent, I strive to answer my daughter Ananya's incessant questions about the moon and earthworms and clouds and trees and bears as truthfully as I can. Our investigations into these seemingly mundane matters often reveal insights that are learning experiences for both of us. But there are times when my thoughts are elsewhere and I simply answer the question "Why?" with "Because that's how God made them." I didn't know the joke was on me until the evening I found the corner of our living room wall scribbled with bright shades of crayons. When questioned why we had that mural on the wall, she simply replied, "Because that's how God made it."
Well, if we were to ask why a crab moves crabwise or sideways, that'd be a pretty good answer: because that's how God (or nature, depending on how your beliefs run) made crabs. Because that's how their legs bend. That's how their muscles flex. That's how they've adapted. That's how they survive as a species. And that's how we got a synonym for the word 'sideways' in our dictionary. If we were to look up the term 'humanwise' in a crab's dictionary, chances are it would mean 'sideways'.
Here are a few words derived from animals (the only animal-based products we use around here).
2. In a cautious or roundabout manner.
From the sideways movement of crabs. Also see cancrine (Chapter 31).
Copyright 2003 by Anu Garg and Stuti Garg. All rights reserved. Reproduced by permission of the author.
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