Yes, the pattern names are, at least in part, a massive fuck you to every single teacher that ever told me I used too many big words or that I read the wrong books or that I shouldn’t raise my hand so much because it made the boys feel bad and that they’d be nicer to me if I wasn’t such a little know it all.
Words are delightful. Finding the exact right word is one of life’s tiny joys, and using words I absolutely adore as pattern names fills me with perpetual glee.
I sincerely hope anyone out there still telling kids like me to knock it off gets moths.
Quick summary of how the retired patterns thing works, just in case you need it (more info over here):