I just came across the word “cultivated” in an article I’m reading, and it just now occurred to me that there’s a definition of “cultivated” — as “educated” or “refined” — that I definitely didn’t mean when I entitled my blog “Cultivated Pages.”
I don’t know why this other definition didn’t occur to me until today (!) — probably because to me the word has always first conveyed a rich organic and human metaphor such as that of a gardener cultivating a garden. I always liked the way Thoreau used it: “It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for law, so much as a respect for right” (from “Civil Disobedience,” I’m pretty sure), and “Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage” (from Walden?).
So I didn’t mean “Cultivated Pages” as in educated or refined pages. Yikes, makes me want to re-name my blog and move to a new URL. “Educated” and “refined” sound simply too uppity. I didn’t mean that at all.
What do any readers think? When you read the title Cultivated Pages, do you first think of “refined and educated pages”??