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Re: Bistahieversor sealeyi, NM tyrannosaurid

I grew up not knowing a single other person interested in dinosaurs or anatomy. It was not until I was in my 20's that I actually uttered all of those greek/latin derived names aloud in the presence of of my very first paleontologist. The Paleontologist was very polite as I butchered a great many words and then he repeated them correctly in sentences much later, which I thought was a great tactic. It made me feel less stupid. I have been in conversations with less tactical scientists and been corrected instantly on pronounciation- which did indeed make me feel stupid. I would not recommend doing that kind of thing if you ever find yourself talking to amateurs!


On Jan 31, 2010, at 7:33 PM, Tim Williams wrote:

Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au> wrote:

Does the 'ae' make the exception, or is the German word
'kaiser' closer to the original pronounciation?

Yes, the German 'kaiser' is closer to the original (Latin) pronunciation. The term became a title of the German emperor by way of the Holy Roman Empire, which in turn saw itself as successor to the Roman Empire of antiquity.


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