A little bit of a sidestep today. Today, March 2nd, in 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel was born. He was better known, of course, as the colorful-world creator and wordsmith, Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss wrote over sixty children’s books, and a lot of them were books that I loved as a kid. My favorites, possibly, were Oh the Places You’ll Go, and Oh the Thinks You Can Think. What I loved about Dr. Seuss was the fact that in his books—in his world—anything was possible. Even language boundaries didn’t matter to Dr. Seuss… if he couldn’t find a word that fit where he wanted it, he simply made one up. His books were one of the first examples I had in just how bendable the English language, and language in general could be.
So Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Thanks for everything.