resinous & vitreous

Robert Symmer proposed the terms RESINOUS and VITREOUS for the two states of electrical energy, designated NEGATIVE and POSITIVE, respectively, by Benjamin Franklin.
Franklin is widely accepted as having gotten it backwards. The (-) side of a battery actually has excess charge and the (+) side of the battery is vacant.
But Ben not only got it wrong, condemning us users of electricity for centuries to have to ignore the ill convention for the sake of communication, but, relative to Symmer's proposal, he dubbed the phenomenon shamefully apoetic as well. Maybe it's the mathematic correlation that assured the classification's ultimate success.

Nevertheless, electricity is an interplay of a restless resin and a vitreous void.


Gerausch v Ton


the corn bunting v. the pileated tinamou