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RE: what's a "nomen vanum"?

According to my Cassel's: "vain, idle, worthless, meaningless, fruitless or 
groundless."  (Hmmm.  Sounds like me when I was in high school.) 
 Alternatively, the original meaning: "shade, disembodied spirit."

  --Toby White

On Friday, October 15, 1999 3:16 PM, Betty Cunningham 
[SMTP:bettyc@flyinggoat.com] wrote:
> what's a "nomen vanum"?  I think this came across on the vert paleo list
> recently
> -Betty
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