Feb 6, 2012:
Mew’s tweeted a the following photo taken of the Amnesiac special edition book released in 2001.
He had used what appears to be Microsoft Paint to remove the words RADIOHEAD, Amnesiac with the spray paint tool.
The modification date on the image tells us that it was done at 7:55 AM(GMT) on Monday the 6th of February 2012.
Below where it’s printed Radiohead, Amnesiac there are two date stamps for ’06 FEB 2012′ matches the exact date the message was tweeted. No doubt a co-incidence that the band was still together on the date in question.
This was one of a number of ‘fake’ return/due dates stamped on the book borrowing slip. According to Follow Me Around the day and month was chosen to signify someone’s birthday.
The key word however is found above the photo where ‘REQUESTED/CARACHRESIS’ is written in ink. You can see it here:
(Source : Bucketoffive on Flickr )
Carachresis comes from the greek word ‘κατάχρησις’ included in the tweet. Wiki provides the following definition:
“misapplication of a word, especially in a mixed metaphor” according to the Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory. Another meaning is to use an existing word to denote something that has no name in the current language.
Compare malapropism and solecism, which are unintentional violations of the norms, while catachresis may be either deliberate or unintentional.
(Source: Wiki )
He once again makes a reference to the Ziggurat (www.the-ziggurat.com) along with ‘Jello Spider’
Catachresis College is the name of a school invented by Stanley Donwood and set to be in ownership of the Amensiac book. The name also appears as part of the Zigguration Tests taken by the band that was awarded to the winners of the Waste Game which are copywrited c. 2002 W.A.S.T.E. Board of Catachresis on the last page of the test.
Catachresis also appears as part of the title of the Autechre song ‘Lentic Catachresis’ from the album Confield released on 30 April 2001 a little under two months before Radiohead released Amnesiac.
Jello is an American brand name for what in the UK is called ‘Jelly’ (and to answer the obvious question ‘Jelly’ in the UK is called Jam or Preserve).
or simply a ‘Catachresis’ description of what the Ziggurat looks like ( A spider made of Jello ).
The use of a American rather then English word could be a reference to what was Radiohead’s upcoming Tour which started in America on the 27th of February 2012.
( Vintage Jello ad of Miss Muffet & The Spider from : Write_Light’s Livejournal )
He signs off the message telling us to “Stay detuned. ?” however the use of a question mark instead of the usual EOT is suggestive that he isn’t sure of what is to come.
Interestingly I managed to quickly tweet Mew’s back with the meaning of Carachresis,
@ElMuggs: @ChieftanMews Catachresis (from Greek κατάχρησις, “abuse”) is “misapplication of a word, especially in a mixed metaphor
within seconds he had deleted the post on both Twitter and Facebook.
It’s possible he found the correct answer he was looking for?