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Re: When did "T. rex" come into usage?
I think that I first heard the term 'T.rex' in the early 1960's - possible
1964-1967 range. It was probably used in a cartoon, or educational show, or
some TV show (or commercial!!!) where a child was playing with a T.rex toy and
called it that. It is possible that it was used before - but I may have
An aside about the band T.rex: When they were originally called Tyrannosaurus
rex, they were an "a capella" group (you know - no instruments). After that
first album did only so-so, they became a hard rock group (not heavy metal) -
sort of predating the glitter-rock era. They had one major hit "Bang a Gong".
They also had at least two other songs which did OK - the lyric "Girl, I'm
Just a Vampire for Your Love...." springs to mind. (I was a college DJ when
they were really active)....
By the way, I think T.rex is the only animal correctly referred to (genus and
species as well as scientific abbreviation) by the general public. Can anyone
think of any other??? (Gorilla shouldn't count - and most people DON'T call
them Gorilla gorilla).