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RE: Aussiedraco, new Australian pteranodontoid pterosaur
Sounds like they use "Aussie," and pronounce it as if to say "ahz-zee." The
term is spelt "Aussie," and that's where the confusion lies for non-Aussies.
For most of us 'Merkins, our exposure to Australia is centered around two
experiences: Steve Irwin and _Crocodile Dundee_. I do not know if this is the
exposure in Europe or Austria proper, but it's telling that most American media
spells it without ever hearing a native speak it. The same level of dissonance
occurs when people encounter pronouncers of names of taxa in ways they don't
expect (e.g., Ostrom's *Deinonychus*, and the point Mike Taylor made about
*Euhelopus* on SV-POW!).
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: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 02:32:32 +0100
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> Subject: 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.)