Question: Scientific Latin and "la"

Jon Hanna jon at
Thu Jan 30 13:49:06 CET 2003

> >I could see an argument for Scientific Latin being registered as
> a dialect
> >of Latin.
> I, um, couldn't....
> Where are you going to draw the line? Just after Linnaeus? What about
> books written *in* Latin using Linnaean names?

Good point.

There is though a practical difference between referring to a wren as <span
lang="la">Troglodytes Troglodytes</span> and using Latin for a bon mot or
quote like <span lang="la">Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum
viditur.</span>, or indeed using Latin as the primary language of a

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