Language for taxonomic names, redux

Kent Karlsson kent.karlsson14 at
Wed Mar 1 21:18:54 CET 2017

Linneus and Linaeus are not that uncommon misspellings. And isn't Linnaeus
a misspelling itself, of Linnæus? I'd prefer "-taxon" over "-linnaeus".

I'd think it is quite clear that the only appropriate prefix is "la",
no matter where the actual word names are borrowed from (if any...),
no matter how naturalised a small number of these names have become in
English, Swedish, French, whatever.

/Kent K

Den 2017-03-01 19:44, skrev "Peter Constable" <petercon at>:

> I doubt that anybody that would plan to use this subtag ‹ whatever it is ‹
> will have difficulty figuring out how to spell it.
> Peter
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> Subject: Re: Language for taxonomic names, redux
>> On 1 Mar 2017, at 10:27, Kent Karlsson <kent.karlsson14 at> wrote:
>> As I mentioned in passing before, '-linne' is easier to spell than
>> '-linnaeus' (did I get that right... ;-).
> But 1) no one but Swedes will know Linné and 2) Linne is a misspelling for
> Linné. Come on. You know me by now. ;-)
> ME
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