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Re: Correction and Question
In a message dated 2/2/00 4:56:05 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> A quick question: since most of the croc workers out there are
> using "Crocodylia" instead of "Crocodilia," I assume the former is correct,
> but it only seems to be in the last few years that the former took
> precedence over the latter spelling. What's the story behind the change?
I don't know what the deal is with "Crocodylia", but "Crocodilia" is
definitely the more correct spelling as far as the Greek is concerned. The
Greek word in question is "krokodeilos"; in transliteration into Latin, k's
are normally changed to c's and "ei" is often rendered "i", giving the Latin
transliteration "crocodilus". "Y" was a completely different vowel sound in
Answering the questions you were afraid to ask (because you were afraid
somebody might actually answer)...