Word Ways


Philip M. Cohen


You and your wife are spending a quiet afternoon at the zoo. In the monkey house, your attention is drawn to a small furry animal resembling a raccoon more than a monkey. You read the sign attached to its cage:

MADAGASCAR LEMUR (Daubentonia Madagascariensis)
Arboreal and nocturnal in habits, it lives in the bamboo jungles of Madagascar, feeding on vegetables and the larvae of certain borers. Its feet ...

Your wife interrupts your studies at this point, plucking at your sleeve and exasperatedly asking if you plan to spend the whole afternoon staring at one mangy monkey.