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RE: Playin' Yer Banji

A quick momentary return as my retail job slows now that my last two weeks of 
Valentine's preparation is over (and I have the blasted day off).

I wrote:

<<I understand, but the way *Mei long* works is effectively a uninomial broken 
into two, rather than any attempt at a Latin phrase. Any time at this poin that 
thye same naming convention is u[s]ed [sic] as in *Mei*, I will exect the 
exception in intent will prove greater than any attempt to parse it into 

<I'm aware that that's the intent, but that doesn't mean I have to like it! :-)

Seriously, it strikes me as pretty arrogant of a couple of recent authors to 
try to unilaterally overturn a 200-year-old system of nomenclature.>

  I would say at the first that it is hardly unique, though very unusual, and 
part of a trend in nomenclature that decides to revise the structure of a 
phrase in the name of an organism. At that point alone, I agree with you. In 
many ways, I feel that the familiar form of noun and appositional noun are 
secure, useful, and fit themselves to the structure of a translatable phrase in 
the language it emulates. But when it comes to using other languages, it is not 
easy to wrap one's head around the idea that the structure of the phrase is 
just as useful when written with a unique set of compounds plus nouns. My 
general response is to simply say that the familiar is comfortable, and that 
the unfamiliar provocative; this does not make it wrong (aesthetically), even 
if it ignores the rules of Latin grammar (in which case it _is_ wrong).

  Previously, we had *Guanlong*, *Dilong*, *Xiongguanlong* and *Beishanlong*, 
and all had appositional "species" names attached to them. It seems interesting 
to deviate from this in *Banji long*, even if the first name is elegant on its 
own (and a useful descriptor without "long" attached), and the unfamiliarity of 
it provokes discussion. 


Jaime A. Headden

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