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#88094 - 11/29/02 08:47 PM Adjective for penguin
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Is there an adjective for "penguin"? Since they belong to the family Spheniscidae, I coined "spheniscid" for an adjective. If there isn't already an adjectival form of penguin, would this be a reasonable term?


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#88095 - 11/29/02 08:51 PM Re: Adjective for penguin
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Never mind. It turns out I didn't invent a new word, but at least I guessed right.


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#88096 - 11/30/02 03:37 PM Re: Adjective for penguin
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Penguid rolls off the toungue more satisfyingly though - it's like languid, only... livelier and err... well, more penguid.


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#88097 - 11/30/02 04:10 PM Re: Adjective for penguin
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Interesting that "spheno-" refers to objects shaped like a wedge. I don't quite see penguins as
being shaped like wedges.


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#88098 - 11/30/02 05:17 PM Re: Adjective for penguin
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I see penguins as being wedge-shaped.


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#88099 - 11/30/02 05:26 PM Re: Adjective for penguin
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maybe more of a cone, but definitely bigger at the bottom than at the top!



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#88100 - 11/30/02 05:27 PM Re: Adjective for penguin
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would a penguin who takes dictation be a sphenographer?

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#88101 - 11/30/02 05:39 PM Re: Adjective for penguin
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Here is URL with pictures of penguins. They look like streamlined elongated footballs to me.
http://www.gdargaud.net/Antarctica/Penguins.html

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#88102 - 11/30/02 05:46 PM Re: Adjective for penguin
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Stick they bills underneath a tire--they make great chocks to stop a tractor trailer.

Et: Loved your sphenographer comment!


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#88103 - 11/30/02 06:15 PM Wedge-shaped
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Maybe it's the way they kinda toboggan down hills.


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