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I didn't actually say it _was_ "ancestral snout," just sounding "like" it [he
said, eyes moving shiftily]. I take your clarifications, though.
Jaime A. Headden
The Bite Stuff (site v2)
"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)
"Ever since man first left his cave and met a stranger with a
different language and a new way of looking at things, the human race
has had a dream: to kill him, so we don't have to learn his language or
his new way of looking at things." --- Zapp Brannigan (Beast With a Billion
> Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 10:37:06 +0200
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> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: Dilophosaurus
> > 1. *Averostra* is linguistically inaccurate; "Avirostra" is correct,
> > as the stem of _aves_ is not _ave-_ but _avi-_.
> Actually, no. _Avis_ belongs to the mixed declension, which means it
> belongs to the consonantic declension in the singular and the _i_
> declension in the plural. The stem is _av-_ in the singular and _avi-_
> in the plural. Therefore, the accusative and ablative singular are
> _avem_ and _ave_ (rather than _-im_ and _-i_ as in the _i_ declension),
> but the genetive plural is _avium_ (rather than "avum" as it would be in
> the consonantic declension).
> > Otherwise, "averostra" starts sounding like "ancestral snout,"
> Now I'm really just nitpicking, but that's not the case either. The stem
> of _avus_, "grandfather/ancestor", is _avo-_.