FFF’s Glossary is Active!
Dear Fungus Fact Friday readers,
I skipped writing a Fungus Fact this week in favor of working on this site’s glossary. The glossary, which I will update more later today, is basically a list of all the words I’ve learned while studying fungi. I also included some words from high school biology that are not used very often or are easily confused (for example, even I get mix up mitosis and meiosis sometimes).
What’s missing from the glossary:
- Shape Words: I do not have a list of all the random words for shapes of spores or mushrooms that I have come across. I will probably add those at a future point, but they are not very important for reading FFF posts. I try to avoid using long shape words like “infundibuliform” in favor of terms I can understand, like “funnel-shaped.”
- Mushroom Descriptors: I left out many colors, textures, and positional words that often appear in mushroom descriptions. Those usually make sense in context and are easier to explain with a ready example. Perhaps I will add a guide to gill spacing (are they “close,” “distant,” or something else?) and similar things in the future.
- Pictures: Honestly, I didn’t have time to add pictures for the more important terms. That will be a future project.
- Citations: The glossary has no citations for a few reasons. For most of the words, I was familiar enough with them to write a definition without researching it (“gills,” for example). The ones I did research were cobbled together from multiple sources and my experience. While I could have added citations for all the definitions, that would have taken much too long and I think citations are a bit out-of-place in a glossary of this kind. What does this mean? Do not cite FFF’s glossary in your own work! Find a more authoritative source. Also, do research for yourself if you don’t believe what I’ve written.