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Re: pronunciation of Camarasaurus
Honestly, I think the idea of "correct" pronunciation
is kind of bogus
I agree. Ultimately, the pronunciations of Classical Latin and Classical
Greek can only be reconstructed to a certain degree, or maybe we'd actually
want Latin as pronounced by Linnaeus, and most names are mixtures of 2
languages anyway... Despite authoritative statements to the contrary,
scientific names are more meant to be written than to be pronounced.
i.e., few if any people pronounce the "p" in "pterosaur"
Few if any English speakers do that. German or French speakers, for example,
would never get the idea of not pronouncing it. :-)
(Sure, native English speakers outnumber just about everyone else in