I have recently made several fruitless attempts to capture a mosquito. My aims are not biological but culinary. I want to flavour the little pest with something, put it on a small piece of toast and eat it.
This may seem like simple inter-species revenge, but my concerns are more etymological than entomological. You see, the Greek for mosquito was konops. Guess the word yet?
The Greek for a couch with a mosquito net around it was konopeion? Getting warmer?
The Old French word for a bed curtain was therefore conope. That's where we get canopy from. But can you see the other word?
The modern French, Spanish and Italian words for a couch or sofa is a canapé.
The bit of toast that acts as the couch upon which a morsel of food rests is therefore....
Yes. Canapé. The things you are buffeted with at cocktail parties.
That's why I want to make a mosquito canapé. So my question is this: Do I need psychiatric help or do I just need a better method of catching mosquitos?