Way to go, Walter White and meth heads, Breaking Bad has reached terrarium levels of popularity. Terrarium. I find that word difficult both to spell and to say aloud. Try it. Rough on the tongue, 'ey? Not very pleasant on the ears either when I really think about it, which I am because I have nothing better to do. Aquarium. Now that's a generally congenial word. But clutter it up with a couple more Rs and it becomes a guttural disaster. Would you like to know what I think about some other words? As in, the best and worst words in the English language? Sure you would.
BEST WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
- Galoshes. Inarguably the greatest word ever to join phonemes.
- Monkey. Inarguably the second greatest word to join phonemes.
- Carabiner. I think girls should be named Carabiner.
- Shazam. Explanation unnecessary.
WORST WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
- Panties. Courtesy of my friend Cornelius. I don't love this word, but Cornelius F'ing hates it. Anyone who says it in his presence has to buy him a shot of Jager or accept an atomic wedgie.
- Wart. Mostly because I cannot hear or see this word without thinking of that scene from Uncle Buck where John Candy throws a quarter at his niece's principal and tells her to take it, go downtown, and have a rat chew that thing off her face. RIP, John Candy.
- Angina. I don't particularly like the word "vagina" either, but at least it represents something I do like. Angina is both hideous-sounding, and means you have coronary heart disease.
Breaking Bad flora fabricator extraordinaire Rachel, also responsible for this piece of Beetlejuice amazement, uses real moss and lichen in her terrariums--in this case varietals that, much like Heisenberg's haircut, require little water and care. The plants also sit in succulent and cactus-friendly soil for people who want to add some vegetation to the wreckage. The open globe is 11" tall and includes a hand-sculpted and painted miniature re-enactment of the series' famed first season opening sequence. Walter stands 1/4" tall and his RV 1/2" long. A shout out to Breaking Bad's breakout star, meth, comes in the form of blue sea glass lining the bottom of the terrarium.
Specific set inclusions: reindeer moss; lichen; a petrified mushroom; a small tree; stones; sand; sculptures; and instructions for assembly.