A.Word.A.Day drabble – 6/7/10: “taxis”
A Word A Day by Anu Garg
PRONUNCIATION: (TAK-sis) plural taxes (TAK-seez)
1. Movement of an organism towards or away from a stimulus.
2. Order, arrangement, or classification.
3. The manual repositioning of a displaced body part to its normal position, in a case of hernia, for example.
From Greek taxis (arrangement, order), from tassein (to arrange).
1. The word tropism is usually applied to plants. 2. The word for a public vehicle, taxi, is unrelated. A taxi is one which taxes, etymologically speaking. It's short for taximeter, the name of the device that calculates the fare. 3. Also see parataxis.
“Mmmr.” Rick shifted closer to Ray, who sighed. Every night, the same thing. The sex was great, and the cuddling afterwards was unexpectedly nice, but once Rick was asleep, the bed became a war zone.
It seemed that every time Ray rolled over, changed positions, breathed, Rick would snuggle up to him, a sort of taxis that made his body move towards Ray, even in sleep. Rick was a bed hog, and Ray couldn’t sleep that close to someone else.
He closed his eyes. When he opened them, it was morning, and he was wrapped around Rick. Huh.