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Re: New Dinosauricon Taxon Pages: _Therizinosauria_

There are hybrid species. Among plants this is extremely common, most
cultured plants are hybrids; among animals, this is rare, but *Rana
esculenta* is a good example (though a very funky one).


Isn't that weird. Here it looks like as if I were on the Crusade To Teach
Them Poor Merkins Some Latin, and at home I am for the reduction of Latin in
school, which many people will never need in their lives again and hardly
anyone needs in the amount done in many schools (translating poets for
years). ~:-| (The arguments to keep it are largely the same ones that were
used in the fight to keep Ancient Greek... Greek has practically gone, I
didn't learn it.) Any further questions about the Austrian school system
offlist, please. :-)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jaime A. Headden" <qilongia@yahoo.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 02, 2003 4:53 PM

>   Nominus exists, [...]
> The singular genetive "nominus" (neuter)

Ah, now I see: you copied a typo for "nominis" from somewhere. :-) -us does
not exist.

> and though nominus and primus not together,

nominis primi = {the first name}'s

> Notably, the dictionaries I have support praenomen
> for "first name", and nothing for the second.

A Roman citizen had praenomen, nomen, cognomen, e. g. Gaius Iulius Caesar. I
don't know if it's a good idea to use this as an analogy for species names,

> In keeping with earlier structures (as I said) nomen and
> the adjective prima are used.

But the latter adapted to the gender of nomen -- as primum.

> would work in apposition to "primo"

That's not a nominative either (nomen is).

> "Primus" is given in Lewis and Short as a noun,

It's an adjective. "The one in front, the first, the beginning one, the
best", says my dictionary.

> and "primus nominus" is possible in this manner,
> but I may be kidding myself.

~:-| You are. :-)