Sometimes insight comes from messing around with the order of things.
Sometimes inspiration requires rote mechanics.
Sometimes it helps to set up a structure and follow it until ideas start popping.
That’s how nunovo came about.
It’s a concatenation of 3-letter words derived from pwp, which was the mandatory extension assigned by Telewest/Blueyonder to the webspace they provided as part of my cable/internet service.
The words were identified by making a list in reverse alphabetical order, as follows:
… and then re-arranging the order.
It was lucky that nun+ovo had vowels in the right places and formed a word in its own right, something in Italian, something else in some of the Slavic languages.
But that’s not how Canvas Steam Train came about.
CST is mainly a product of my mind’s eye, but one that has myriad possibilities in anagrammatic form.
Amnesiacs Tart Van
Caravan As Mittens
Caveman Sitar Ants
Savants Ramie Cant
Vast Arcane Mantis
each of which might prompt a thought, a topic, a post. Which means there’ll be more on this at some point.
Canvas Steam Train is meant to evoke a peculiar contrast, and it started out as something more like Rusty Pup Tent, which I had hopes of confusing further by adding an active term like Philosophy, Knowledge or Life to it, e.g. Knowledge from a Rusty Pup Tent. But the anagrammatics would have been cumbersome to derive. I considered Canvas Locomotive for a minute, but opted for Canvas Steam Train instead.
It will probably change.