- Capitalizing "rikchik"
- The word "rikchik" is not capitalized in this work.
This is because "human" is not capitalized. Since the
rikchiks treat their word for human no differently than their
word for rikchik, I figured it would be only polite to return the
- Rikchiks are very seven based: they have sevens like humans have
fives. The rikchik language has a word for seven, but to actually
talk about seven things, the words 1 and 0 are usually used instead
(as they have a base-seven number system). In normal speech,
"seven" tends to mean "many". "Seven
sevens" is "very many".
- The "Scholastic" collector
- The scholastic collector, which collects all 0-collecting
words immediately preceding it, gets its name from rikchik family
forms. It is very rare for a rikchik to give birth to more than
two children (though a rikchik may contribute to more: rikchiks
are not gendered), so a rikchik that has
many children around it is probably a teacher, not a parent.
From this, the collector allowing collection of large numbers of
non-collecting words took on the name "scholastic" since it
is a full-grown word taking care of many little words.