You Just Got Plutoed

Venetia Phair named a planet when she was 11 years old, but now her planet is no longer a "planet." Back in 1930, Phair was eating breakfast with her father when he read a story in the Times of London about a new planet that had been discovered. Venetia, who was "well versed in Greek and Roman mythology" (gee, how many 11-year-olds can say that now?) suggested the name "Pluto," and after a few telegrams to the right people the planet was named (she received 5 pounds for her effort from her grandfather). These days, Pluto is no longer considered a planet, but Venetia says that's okay. Pluto is "still there" and the new designation, "plutoid" is "a nice conceit, I think one would say." Also, she likes the term "plutoed" when describing a demotion. As do we! [Newsweek]