June 21, 2013


“Encatment”; the noun form of ‘encat’ (v., Eng., forward formation)

Chéz Allnutt–Laughlin, certain circumstances allow either of the occupants to be excused familial responsibilities, momentarily. As an example, I present an instance of ‘encatment’:

The extend–drape combo

Encatment, the state of being immobilised by the third member of the family, is not uncommon here. The first recorded instance of this new language usage was expressed thus: “I’m encatted” (and hence unable to assist or contribute further); this instance of the passive voice quickly led to the noun formation describing the state itself (encatment). As for the encatting agent, she is yet to pronounce on the subject: she simply acts.

On occasions, discussion has centered around degree of encatment; for example, would having only the tip of the tail resting on (say) an arm constitute encatment, if it be encatment at all? So, how much cat comprises encatment—and is it proportion of body length, or proportion of weight? Or, are the different human body parts that might be encatted at particular times to be accorded different values? It’s tricky ground, and reminds us of the gedanken concerning the Eiffel Tower: if the component beams are changed, one by one, at what point does the Eiffel Tower become something else, or is it the form that defines it, and hence the components not relevant? I started this discussion, in the so-far vain hope of creating wriggle room for myself in consideration of future encatment events, where the term event horizon might be considered to properly apply.

The example shown here though, is full encatment: moreover, this is a perfectly executed example of the extend–drape combination: note that the head and neck are fully supported by the calf muscle; the left leg is elegantly extended, and is draped over the part in question. Yes, no wriggle room here: I must now do what’s needed, whatever that is.

Further discussion concerns category (lovely word) of encatment: a personal favourite is the cross–extend (I do not have an image of this presentation at hand, but it’s when both arms are extended, and crossed; a delightfully elegant form). There are others.

A technical note: the encatment image was shot with the NEX 6, 3200 ISO, at ƒ2.8 (wide open) on the Sigma 60, under a tungsten light, in front of the fire.

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