Sunday, May 22, 2016

Welcome to Planet Dirt

Science fiction writers love to have alien races refer to their home planets with lyrical names that mean "home" or "womb" or some such sentimental crap.

Not one of the languages ever spoken on our own planet has a connotation anything like that. All words for Earth originated with a connotation along the lines of "soil," which were then repurposed when the notion of the dirt under our feet being a planet like some of those moving lights in the sky, became conceivable.

If you're ever going to write a science fiction story, have your aliens call their home planet something that means "the planet that's actually under our feet instead of up in the sky."

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