• ianmooreplaysfiddle


So, maybe we all read 'the Cask of Amontillado' in school, eh? Edgar Allen Poe's short story about a guy luring his drunk buddy into the catacombs beneath his castle with promises of a wine-tasting whereupon he chains the poor fool to a wall in an alcove and bricks it up leaving him to rot behind the fresh new wall? Pretty basic Poe, human meanness amplified into intrigue and murder. The victim's name is Fortunato, and of course high school English class likes to dwell on that, ironic cuz he ain't very lucky now is he...

And even though I used to be a smarty pants English major, I admit I never took much time to wonder about the other character's name, the murderer, Montresor. Simple enough, Mon Tresor is 'My Treasure' and is a sweet thing to call someone dear to you, but apparently there's a region in France called Montresor and there the name is usually taken to mean the 'Mountain of Treasure' cuz of a fairy tale wherein a little lizard runs into a fissure in the mountain and comes out all shiny w gold dust enabling a poor nobleman to build his dream castle, and get the girl, of course.

However a much more likely derivation of this Montresor predates the gold-dust fable, in the 9th century the treasurer of the cathedral at Tours owned the fiefdom and so it was the 'mountain of the treasurer' ~ Mons Thesauri, and so yeah, it never quite sunk in that a Thesaurus is a 'treasury' of words. Nice.


Recent Posts

See All


I've got a quick explanation of what the 'quintessence' was down below, but first I want to thank my various nutty comrades on the internet who helped me compile the following list of pentads, quintup

Novus Mundus Americanus

So, a friend of mine brought my attention to the place-name colonization going on in New York City right now — neighborhoods are getting new monikers to make them more palatable to gentrification — I


Oh what a wonderful word! I suppose I should have written about this at Halloween, but better late than never — Ok, we all recognize cephalo-, yeah? It’s greek for head, and you learned about it in

© 2023 by Rafael Nash. Proudly created with