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Re: List of Dinosaur Name Incorrectly Translated All-too-often
In a message dated 96-01-07 19:00:47 EST, pharrinj@PLU.edu writes:
>Sorry, Raptor, for the derivation of _Aetonyx_ as "ancient claw"; I think
>G.O. is right on this one. However, his Greek is a little off. "AE" and
>"AI" are the Latin and Greek ways, respectively, of spelling the diphthong
>(two vowels in one syllable) in English "eye". Also, the accent in Greek
>compounds is usually recessive, coming on the earliest syllable possible,
>in this case the third from the end. The best approximation to the Greek
>pronunciation of the name _Aetonyx_ is, therefore, most likely EYE-toh-nix.
In my dictionary, the Greek _aetos_ is written with a dieresis over the e,
showing independent pronunciation of the two vowels, like the two o's in
Troodon. There's no ligature "ae" there.