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RE: Aussiedraco, new Australian pteranodontoid pterosaur

  It's not an issue of hate, or even dislike. It's a matter of continual 
dissonance. Hearing the names in America pronounced in 'Merkin one way, and 
hearing native speakers poronounce those words, causes an upset between how one 
_thinks_ something should be spelt, and how it _is_ spelled; the rightness of 
this doesn't enter the argument, and I think any frustration over the 
pronunciation is misplaced and useless.


Jaime A. Headden
The Bite Stuff (site v2)

"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." --- P.B. Medawar (1969)

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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 12:49:34 +1100
> From: dannj@alphalink.com.au
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Aussiedraco, new Australian pteranodontoid pterosaur
> On Wed, Mar 23rd, 2011 at 12:32 PM, David Marjanovic  wrote:
> > 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.)
> You must really hate English place names then (ie. Worcester, Greenwich, 
> Gloucester, etc)
> --
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> Dann Pigdon
> Spatial Data Analyst Australian Dinosaurs
> Melbourne, Australia http://home.alphalink.com.au/~dannj
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