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Re: Bistahieversor sealeyi, NM tyrannosaurid

On Mon, 1 Feb 2010, David Krentz wrote:

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!

When I was in oh what grade school I had no shame in trying to pronounce
these names (of course, there were fewer back then ;) and I had some
relatives from the um hick branch of the family tree who listened with all
the amusement of someone watching a circus freak.

"say it again, kid... ain't he a pip?"