Language for taxonomic names

Doug Ewell doug at
Wed Sep 24 02:15:22 CEST 2008

John Cowan <cowan at ccil dot org> wrote:

>> At best, it's a profile of Latin.
> That last, at least, it is not.  A system that includes genus names 
> Batman, Chinchilla, Drinker, Iron, Tuxedo, Hunkydora, Leprechaunus, 
> Gollum,  Nazgulia, Waddlia, Kaniwhaniwhanus, and Zyzzyzus, and species 
> names Gecko gekko, Heerz lukenatcha, Reissa roni, Dziwneono etcetera, 
> and Roberthoffstetteria nationalgeographica (no, not the longest) 
> would have left the Romans completely baffled.

I could think of worse choices than "art-taxonomy", if it must be tagged 
at all, of which I am not convinced.

Doug Ewell  *  Thornton, Colorado, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14  ˆ

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