Sunday, July 21, 2013

#202 / Trig

The word "trig" is not much used in common conversation. It's a word I happen to like, maybe because I so much like the poem by e.e. cummings that  first introduced that word to me: "i sing of Olaf glad and big."

The concept of "trig," which means "stylishly or jauntily trim," appeals to me on the merits. I like things to be "trim" and "tidy." We are responsible for the world we create, so why not keep it neat?

My recent trip to Ireland (see the image of a rather trig little house, in Galway) introduced me to the Irish preoccupation with "tidy towns." There is an annual competition, and my observation is that Irish towns stand ready, at any moment, to be judged on their success in achieving a tidy and trig appearance. 

Paris, much lauded (and justifiably, of course) doesn't show quite the same commitment to a tidy presentation (see below): 

 Photo Credits: Gary Patton


  1. I lived in Ireland for about 2 years and this is the first time I've heard of Tidytowns. Most of Irish cities really impress for their cleanness, tidiness and homely beauty.

  2. Glad to provide some new information. And glad to have you confirm my impressions!


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