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Re: Aussiedraco, new Australian pteranodontoid pterosaur
I don't hate the name _Aussiedraco_ as much as I thought I would.
And I say that as an Aussie. However, I hope the name is pronounced
correctly. Australians pronounce 'Aussie' as Ozzy (i.e., with a
soft s) - not Ossy or Awssy (despite the latter two being closer to
how the first syllable in Australia is pronounced, with a hard s).
So if I hear _Aussiedraco_ pronounced as 'Ossidraco' rather than
'Ozzidraco', it will really set my teeth on edge.
What you are really saying is that Australians _do not use_ the term
"Aussie" and use "Ozzy" _instead_.
The concept that it's possible to assume that anybody would write one
word but mean a quite different -- etymologically related, but different
-- word is the stinking rot in English spelling. It gives me word rage.
(You know, like road rage, only more persistent.)