Why is it called ‘fireworks’, not ‘firespectacle’ or ‘firefestival’? One can’t reason with English. Fireworks seems to be a word more appropriate for a stove fire to cook meals or a furnace fire for porcelain—fire is called upon to work to produce products just like the way humans are employed. Of course you can say for a big day of celebration when fire is called upon to entertain, fire still works hard—entertainment is hard work. Still the word fireworks sound tepid. Also is it firework or fireworks? One just can’t feel comfortable with a word when there’s no clear boundary between the singular and the plural forms.    

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s