At The Root, News — January 30, 2012 7:27 am

AT THE ROOT: LUNI Name Dispute On The Moon

GINGRICHOPOLIS, Moon (The Vocabulary Times) Campaigners on the US state of Moon are going to court in an attempt to claim the word “lunatic” for themselves.

The State of Moon, the 51st state of the United States.

Moon residents say that if they are successful they may then start to fight the word lunatic in superlunary places.

The issue boils down to who has the right to call themselves Lunatics.

Is it the 13,000 residents of America’s 51st state, or those who take great delight in howling at it?

Lunar residents claim that the use of the word by Earthlings in its context to describe persons affected with lunacy violates their human rights as proud residents of the state of Moon, and disgraces them around the galaxy.

They say it causes daily problems to the social life of Moon’s proud self-proclaimed Lunatics, as they can hardly visit relatives on Earth without being chastised.

They also claim that the negative conotations have hurt them financially as well. The past several lunar months have indeed seen a steady decline in tourism, harming the state’s economy as the number of crescent keychains, lunate Christmas ornaments, and other semilunar objects as well as moon rocks usually sold at souvenir shops remain unsold.

“Every lunation I see fewer and fewer tourists.” said the owner of a souvenir shop, “I have been chewing my fingernails down to small little lunules. All that is left are the lunulae. I don’t know what I will do if I have to close shop.”

The shop owner is hoping that the upcoming lunar eclipse will drive up the number of tourists choosing Moon as a vacation destination, as past lunisolar events have often made up for interlunar periods when Moon is out of sight and out of mind for many on Earth.

But not only is the name harming popular lunar and circumlunar tourist destinations, they claim, but as the number of ships passing through the cislunar resting area declines others in the space tourism industry are feeling the pain as well.

In court papers, the plaintiffs also claim that the residents of Earth that live in coastal regions have falsly accused them of worsening lunitidal events, such acusations they claim is the kind of lunacy that they don’t want to be associated with.

An early court date has now been set for judges to decide whether to grant an injunction against the lunatics of Earth and to order them to use another word to describe themselves and whether or not Moon residents will be able to seek compensation for lost revenues due to the decline in tourism.

A lawyer speaking on behalf of the defendants has described the case as a groundless violation of freedom of expression, and has pledged to fight it.

This article originally appeared in the January 30, 2112 edition of the Vocabulary Times.

LUN, LUNI = the moon

Words likely to appear on common stadardized tests such as the SAT and GRE:

lunatic (lun, moon + tic)


lunatic (plurallunatics)

  1. An insane person.

lunar (lun, moon + ar)


lunar (not comparable)

  1. Of, or pertaining to, the moonmoonly.
  2. Crescent shaped, lunate.
  3. Of, or pertaining to, silver.
lunacy (lun, moon + acy)

lunacy (countable and uncountable; plural lunacies)

  1. (of a person or group of people) The state of being madinsanity
    1. a cyclical mental disease, apparently linked to the lunar phases
    2. insanity implying legal irresponsability.
  2. Something deeply misguided.
lunar month (lun, moon + ar & month)


lunar month (plural lunar months)

  1. a period from one new moon until the next.
  2. synodic month of approximately 29.53 days, measured from a lunar phase until the return of that same phase.
  3. sidereal month of approximately 27.32 days, the length of time taken by the moon in its orbit about the Earth to return to the same point as viewed against the background of stars.

lunate (lun, moon + -ate)


lunate (comparative more lunatesuperlative most lunate)

  1. Shaped like a crescent.


lunate (plural lunates)

  1. (archaeology) A small stone artifact, probably an arrowhead, with a blunt straight edge and a sharpened, crescent-shaped back, especially characteristic of the MesolithicPeriod.

semilunar (semi-, half + lun, moon + ar)


semilunar (not comparable)

  1. Shaped like a half-moon; crescent-shaped.

lunule (lun, moon + -ule, small)



  1. Something shaped like a crescent or half-moon.

lunar eclipse (lun, moon + ar & eclipse)


lunar eclipse (plural lunar eclipses)

  1. (astronomy) A phenomenon occurring when the Earth casts a shadow over the Moon.

interlunar (inter, between + lun, moon + ar)



  1. Of the four-day period between an old moon and a new moon, when it is not visible

circumlunar (circum, around + lun, moon + ar)


circumlunar (not comparable)

  1. Surrounding, or travelling around the moon


Words unlikely to appear on common stadardized tests:

superlunary (super, beyond + lun, moon + ary)


superlunary (not comparable)

  1. translunary. (Situated beyond or above the moonsuperlunary.)
lunation (lun, moon + ation)


lunation (plural lunations)

  1. a month of approximately 29.53 days, measured from a lunar phase until the return of that same phase. On average, the number of days between Full Moons is about 29.5306 days. The actual number of days may differ from the average number by more than a half day. From one Full Moon to the next, the number of days in one lunationcan vary between 29.272 and 29.833 days.
  2. The name or term given the irregular period from one new moon until the next.
lunula (plural=lunulae)”


lunula (plural lunulae)

  1. Something shaped like a crescent or half-moon; especially the pale area at the base of the fingernail.
lunisolar (luni, moon + sol, sun + ar)


lunisolar (not comparable)

  1. (of a calendar) Based on both the lunar month and the solar year.
  2. Pertaining to or caused by both the moon and the sun.
lunitidal (luni, moon & tidal)”


lunitidal (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to tides caused by the moon
  2. Describing the difference in time between the crossing of a meridian by the moon and the subsequent high tide at that point
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