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Re: Latin names (was APD V3 #1478

Hello Mark,

You are right that "gnatos" = "jaw" is of Greek origin. But the "g" is
not silent in the Greek language either. Furthermore, all binomial names
are pronounced as if they were Latin names. So ....

It is a mystery to me why many people insist on pronouncing Latin (or
latinized) names as anglicised, while the same person would not dream to
do that to, say, French words!



> Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 09:42:19 -0600
> From: Mark Fisher <Mark.Fisher at tpwd_state.tx.us>
> Subject: Re: Saying it correctly
> >And why a silent "g" in "Gnathochromis = Nath-o-CHROME-iss"
> >It's silent in English, not Latin.
> Gnatho is Greek, not Latin.  Not all scientific names are pure Latin, even
> though they are often referred to as "Latin names".  For example, swordtails
> belong to the genus Xiphophorus, which comes from the Greek Xiphos, meaning
> "sword".  Other names can come from "Latinized" surnames (e.g., Echinodorus
> horemanii), geographic names (Aponogeton madagascariensis) and native
> American words (Salvelinus namaycush), etc.
> Regards,
> Mark