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#26325 - 04/10/01 11:42 AM Re: pronunciation /sp. of Neanderthal change?  
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I, too, mourn the lost brontosaurus - my son will never understand the appeal of ordering a brontosaurus burger,
I sympathise with the deprivation yoiur son will suffer - can I offer a reasonable substitute?

Bring him to Haworth, in West Yorkshire, (quite safe - foot & mouth is all around, but not in the town) the town where Charlotte Brontė and her sisters and brother grew up.
Go to the fish-and-chip shop there, and you will be able to buy him a "Brontė-burger."

(I wish that I was just winding you up, here )


#26326 - 04/10/01 11:49 AM Post deleted by inselpeter  
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#26327 - 04/10/01 12:06 PM Re: arse  
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The karsi idea is new to me. But arse is good Old English; cognate with Greek orrhos. (The German is Arsch but I don't know where the sch comes from. No sniggering down the back there.)


#26328 - 04/10/01 12:14 PM Re: arse  
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I've responded to this one back on the rhyming slang thread


#26329 - 04/10/01 02:01 PM pluto not a planet, any more, too.  
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and Pluto's not a planet any more--according to AMNH--

More acurately, AMNH thinks the defination of Planet need to be revised-- and but in the display of planets they have Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, (the asteroid belt) Jupitor, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and the --- (Auuggh!) some new belt of astreroids-- Kulp-- Kul..-- pluto is just one of the bodies in this newly discovered collections. and they are not sure if it is a planet-- or just a large asteroid in this collection.

I have to get a new mnemonic--
My very educated mother just sat upon noodle pudding. Won't work any more.

I took yesterday off, was out in the sun, got a sun burn and fried my brain to boot!


#26330 - 04/10/01 03:22 PM Re: Scientific names  
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Thanks for the interesting and detailed look at the declension of scientific names, NicholasW. And, while I'm aware of the technicalities justifying the change from Brontosaurus to Apatosaurus, I still feel it's a shame to have lost that name...Thunder Lizard! From the Greek 'bronte.' So appropriate. Brontosaurus has resonance! One of the two most classically known dinosaur names...Tyrannosaurus Rex and Brontosaurus. As well as the favorites, and most readily identifiable, for most any child intrigued with these creatures. I'll always lament the loss of Brontosaurus...but, yes, the scientific reasons make sense.

On one other note: My posts are leading to deletions and arse?...hmmmmm.


#26331 - 04/10/01 03:25 PM Re: Scientific names  
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Well, we certainly seem to have got to the bottom of this thread, anyway!



#26332 - 04/10/01 06:12 PM Re: pronunciation /sp. of Neanderthal change?  
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This century the Germans dropped the "h" in their word for valley [thal/tal] , thus shortening the "Neanderthal" of yesterday.

Which explains why it was possible that in Munich a certain Hans Blumenthal disappeared from the record, and so from sight, while paychecks went unclaimed for one Hans Blumental whom no one knew and who refused to collect and cash them. B was found dead by a beggar on the banks of the Isar and, since no one knew what to call him, he was buried in an unmarked grave. Having never been known, he could not be forgotten.


#26333 - 04/10/01 07:52 PM Re: pluto oort not be called a planet  
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some new belt of astreroids-- Kulp-- Kul..--

I think the name you're after might be the Kuiper belt. Although I knew the name, a Google search came up with around 11,300 hits, so I couldn't be bothered checking them out.


#26334 - 04/10/01 09:36 PM Re: pronunciation /sp. of Neanderthal change?  
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Folks, the quest has ended! I popped "Neanderthal spelling change" in Google and got a load of hits with excerpts and discussions addressing the question directly, as well as some interesting looks at German orthography ala the TH/T change. So there it is for anyone who is interested. I'm through the first 6 hits, and when I surmise the most concise and informative I'll post it here to wrap this up.


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