Feedback in the Aug. 20 New Scientist ruminates on the exhibit at the Yokohama Museum of Eurasian Cultures that included CAT scans of mummified animals. It ponders the “doubly truthful” statement: “This is a cat scan,” and offers the neologism “diontologia” to describe such utterances. “Are there,” the author wonders, “any triontologias?”
I’m not sure if this counts, but when I was going to college in Walla Walla, Wash., many years ago there was a French restaurant downtown called The Left Bank. Its name was an obvious reference to the Seine’s Left Bank. But, as you faced it, the restaurant also was to the left of a bank. In addition, there was an old creek that flowed through the center of town – Mill Creek – that passed to the right of the bank. It was in a concrete channel, and largely covered, but still one could reasonably argue that the restaurant was on Mill Creek’s left bank. I argued that the Left Bank restaurant was a living triple pun. Could one also argue that it was a triontologia?