Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The Hi Mascot
Mascot Mas"cot, Mascotte Mas"cotte, n. [Through French fr. Pr. mascot a little sorcerer or magician, mascotto witchcraft, sorcery.]
1. A person who is supposed to bring good luck to the household to which he or she belongs. [1913 Webster]
2. Hence: Anything that brings good luck; especially, an animal kept by a group, as a sports team, to serve as a symbol and to bring luck. [1913 Webster +PJC]
-- From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Hi is an abbreviation of Hieronymus, after my favourite painter, Hieronymus Bosch. I used that as a working name since Erik Meijer had published a small language named Mondrian after another Dutch painter, Piet Mondriaan.
It is a picture taken from the painting 'A Ship of Fools.' Not very likely to help with language adoption as the Python mascot from the Python language by Guido van Rossum, but I like it.