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Re: what's a "nomen vanum"?



In a message dated 10/15/99 5:28:13 PM EST, tkeese1@gl.umbc.edu writes:

<< I thought a _nomen vanum_ was a name that had no designated type material
 (hence "empty") >>

No, that's a nomen nudum. "Naked name." Nomina nuda have often been >called< 
nomina vana, but that doesn't >make< them nomina vana. Incidentally, nomen 
vanum might also mean "idle name" as well as "empty name."