Danny Angus wins today’s Word Award for properly using one of the longest (and one of my childhood favorite) words in the English language. Or the American language, for that matter.
Quite amusing, even if it does make my head hurt from time to time. Linquistics indeed!
We knew you well. You’re still there, of course, out in your eccentric orbit and fellow plutonian objects, but the official astronomers no longer call you “Planet X” anymore.
I think the definition makes sense. It just doesn’t seem to have been argued very eloquently, and it certainly wasn’t communicated to the unwashed masses as well as it could have been. Think of it as an excuse to get astronomy back on the front page! Get kids excited about looking up at the sky! Think of some way to present it (and present the endless meetings they probably had) that’s exciting, instead of vaguely confusing to the average reader.
For those of you under 40, do you ever wish you were a boomer, and had been alive and old enough on that day in 1957? That was magic.