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Re: Common Names
Ken, What are some of the swear words you use? I could use a refresher, as
my conversational Latin skills aren't what they once were.
From: Ken Ealey <kealey at connect_ab.ca>
To: KillieTalk at aka_org <KillieTalk at aka_org>
Date: Saturday, February 13, 1999 2:52 PM
Subject: Re: Common Names
>Just an another view point on common names.
>Take a name like Red Snapper. What is it really?
>To some an overly aggressive marine fish the cooks up nicely.
>To others it a four legged fish eater some times called a turtle.
>I have found them in the fish section of the supermarket, looked like a
>tilapia sp. to me, wouldn't eat anything that I raise in my tanks.
>And the last one, called a red snapper, well she's dating my brother and I
>would go there.
>Why Latin, as a dead language it in not about to change. As for the
>binomial nomenclature soon to be trinomial, its a far side better than the
>pre-Linnaeus descriptions that could be a paragraph. If we all use the same
>language there is far less confusion about what the fish really is. Now if
>we could just get those taxonomists to see things our way.
>Besides using Latin names for your fish sometimes makes you look more
>educated or it just gives you another language to swear in. My wife says I
>use it only to confuse people and comment about their lineage.
>Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
>e-mail kealey at connect_ab.ca
>I never met a fish I didn't like.