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Re: Proposed changes to ICZN

In a message dated 95-09-08 12:08:02 EDT, swf@ElSegundoCA.ATTGIS.COM (Stan
Friesen) writes:

>Actually, as far as I know, generic names like 'Barney' or 'Betty'
>are perfectly legal even under the *current* rules of nomenclature.
>It is just that one has to declare a gender for them now.
>[Ooooh,genus _Betty_ *masculine* under the current rules!]

I suppose that if _Ohno_, _Aha_, and _Arfia_ are acceptable, then pretty much
anything goes already. But the proposed changes, which would institutionalize
misspellings, feminine adjectival inflections on specific epithets for
masculine genera, and so forth, are the last straw for me.