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Re: Nomenclatural quibble - Latin
> Yes, but it doesn't matter in the big scheme of things, because
> improper latinization is not grounds for an emendation at the species
I'd still say it violates Articles 31.1.2 and 31.1.3; it's not improper
latinization, it's improper Latin.
The difference is that it's not a memory error about a word and/or
transliteration mistake (like the first y of the "Enygmophyllum" example, or
the real name *Crocodylus*, which is a mistake for Latin crocodilus, which in
turn comes from Greek krokodeilos), an arguable transliteration and/or
latinization (the e of "Enygmophyllum" and "Enigmatophyllum", which is ai in
Greek [alpha iota], which in turn usually becomes ae in Latin), or even a
failure to find the stem of a word of an inflecting language (the lack of -at-
in the "Enygmophyllum" example -- while "enigma" looks like it could be an
ordinary Latin feminine a-declension word, it's one of those Greek neuter words
in -ma, the stem of which ends in -mat- -- ainigma, plural ainigmata, genetive
singular probably ainigmatos [didn't bother checking], and so on). Instead it
is a big mistake in the grammar of... not just Latin. Even English still
distinguishes the genetive singular -- "'s" -- from the genetive plural -- "s'"
Article 31.1.3 says, emphasis mine: "The original spelling of a name FORMED
UNDER ARTICLES 31.1.1 AND 31.1.2 is to be preserved [...]". So, clearly, if the
original spelling of a name is not formed in accordance with those articles, it
is not to be preserved, right?
Interestingly, BTW, Article 31.1.1 protects the ending of *Stygivenator
molnaris* ("Molnar" was treated as Latin and declined like "Caesar"). I managed
to overlook that for years. But that name is a synonym of *Tyrannosaurus rex*
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