At breakfast one morning this week, my husband announced, "You know, if you take a few blankets with you, Pluto wouldn't be a bad place to retire. It would be nice and quiet.”
I get cold in the summer here on Earth, just because we have the ceiling fan on. I won’t be turning on the ceiling fans if I live on Pluto, but I think we can't retire there anyway because we can't agree on how to pronounce the name of Pluto’s neighborhood, the Kuiper Belt.
The only reason I had ever heard of the Kuiper Belt is from doing crossword puzzles. I don't know why, but I pronounce it “kiper” with a long i. (This is not to be confused with ‘kipper.’ A Kipper Belt would be something else entirely, but given my husband’s love of herring snacks, he might really like to live near a kipper belt.)
My husband says it is pronounced “Cooper.” As in Bradley Cooper – yeah, I like that thought.
Brits, as evidenced by my listening to the BBC at 5:30 AM this morning, say “Coy-per.” But the astronomers they interviewed seem to agree with my pronunciation, a long I.
It’s amazing how sentimental people can get about a bare rock out in space. When its status was demoted to dwarf planet, non-scientists like me were incensed. We were insulted on Pluto’s behalf.
Now we have proof that Pluto is romantic. It should appear on Valentine's Day cards because it has a giant heart on it, people! To see a photo (as if you haven’t seen one already) go to NASA, because they own the photos. NASA should boost its budget by selling that image to Hallmark.
At dinner last night, I turned to Younger Daughter and said, "You know, to me, Pluto will always be a planet." She clasped her hands and sighed in agreement. My son rolled his eyes.
Fellow Earthlings, what do you think about Pluto? Do you prefer to think about Bradley Cooper? How do you pronounce "Kuiper Belt"?