vocaulary

Visual Vocabulary: Carapace

Carapace: the hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles. As in, "Fubsy the snail could always rely on his trusty carapace to protect him from the neighborhood bullies who tried to beat him up."

Visual Vocabulary: carapace, Julie Rado Design

Fun fact: a snail is not an arthropod (it's a mollusk) but it does indeed have a carapace. If you want to get less specific, there's the word "scute," which is the bony plate on animals like armadillos and turtles. Animal kingdom lesson plus new vocabulary word. I better be careful of setting my standards so high.


Visual Vocabulary is a project I created for myself in which I attempt to sear new words into my memory by illustrating them. You can see all of them here, and read more about the process behind them here.


Visual Vocabulary: Miasma

Miasma: Unhealthy vapors rising from the ground or other sources. As in, "The tall people get to avoid the prevalent miasma in the tent at the St. Patty's day celebration; their height lets them rise above the stale bodily smells to breathe the clean, fresh air that is unavailable to the rest of the short Irish schmucks." 

Visual Vocabulary: miasma, Julie Rado Design

I ran into the word miasma last week and it immediately went to the top of the illustration list. Of course. Because I love illustrating other people's dyspepsia problems. And as a short Irish girl myself, I've always wondered if the tall people get to breathe the fresh air in the St. Patty's tent. Do they get to rise above the miasma of corned beef and cabbage being processed by everyone's intestines? I may never know, but I imagine they huff that awesome fresh air like President Skroob huffs the fresh air from Druidia. Tall people: if I'm wrong, don't correct me.


Visual Vocabulary is a project I created for myself in which I attempt to sear new words into my memory by illustrating them. You can see all of them here, and read more about the process behind them here.