Day 177: on being enpeached

“What does ‘impeached’ mean, literally?” wonders La Bonavita aloud. “It sounds like what happened to James in the book,” he adds.

I think about this.

“No,” I say slowly, “no, James wasn’t impeached. He was enpeached. Because the –im prefix is a negation, like impolite, but the en prefix, is, like, being in something, like enfolded, or engulfed. Right?”

La Bonavita looks unconvinced.

I continue, “So, being enpeached is much, much better than being impeached.”

“In fact,” I say, warming to my theme, “you could even say they’re opposites. Because being impeached is being, like, slapped in the face, whereas being enpeached is … well, I mean obviously I don’t actually know,” I admit, sheepishly, “but from the book it sounds, you know, pretty amazing.”

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Illustration by Nancy Ekholm Burkert from the first edition of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (1961)

 

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  1. Do you know Annie Dillard’s line about “unpeaching the peaches” in Pilgrim at Tinker’s Creek? The one time I was asked to teach creative writing (to a handful of wonderful high school students at a “pre-college summer program,” a.k.a. glorified summer camp) the whole course was organized around that line.

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