“There’s no such thing as a three-year-old caterpillar.”

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“There’s no such thing as a three-year-old caterpillar.”

There it is, on a scrap of paper that I find as I do a clean-up of my desk.

“There’s no such thing as a three-year-old caterpillar.”

Where did these words come from? They are written in my barely legible handwriting, but did they come from my mind, or did I jot them down while listening to, watching or reading something else. But what?

I do a Google search, but this particular string of words does not, come up. An article about bird cherry Ermine moth caterpillars, or web worms, transforming a cemetery in Essex, England does, however, come up. So I read that and watch the accompanying video. I am impressed, but no closer to the origins of “There’s no such thing as a three-year-old caterpillar.”

Its source obscure, I concentrate on what it might mean. It occurs to me that a caterpillar that does not change into a butterfly is just a worm. So, if after 3 three years of believing you are a caterpillar you still don’t have wings, face up to the fact that you are just a worm and be the best possible worm you can be.

Then again, perhaps the person who wrote “There’s no such thing as a three-year-old caterpillar,” and there is a slim chance that person is me, did not mean it to say that at all.

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The Catalog of New Emotions: Googlish


Googlish (pronounced: /ˈgug lɪʃ/) adjective — being curious to a very mild degree, so much so that you may or may not take the time to google the topic that barely aroused your interest.

Usage:            By the time she was in a front of her computer, she was no longer googlish.

After watching Lincoln, he was googlish to know how historically accurate it was.

Etymology: It has never been easier to look up facts. Paradoxically, interest in doing so has never been lower.

The Catalog of New Emotions is a project to refine our emotional sensibilities through the creation of new emotions and the development of a vocabulary to express these new emotions. If you would like to contribute to this project leave a comment. Your definition of the new emotion should include pronunciation; examples of usage; etymology of the word and why this new emotion is necessary.


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