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Re: Huehuecanauhtlus tiquichensis, new Santonian hadrosauroid

On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 8:43 AM, Brad McFeeters
<archosauromorph2@hotmail.com> wrote:
> I've never seen anyone express difficulty with the "tlus" in 
> _Quetzalcoatlus_.  Is that one that we all agree to mispronounce?

Everyone adapts names into their languages own phonemic system, from
the Spanish speakers who say "Estegosaurus" to the English speakers
who say "Terannadaan" to the Japanese speakers who say
"Uerokiraputoru". Almost everyone "mispronounces" almost everything.

The "tl" in Nahuatl has been brought into English (usually via
Spanish) several ways: "tl" as two consonants (Chipotle), "tl" with a
syllabic "l" (axolotl), "l" (chicle), "te" (coyote), "te" with a
silent "e" (chocolate, mesquite), "to" (tomato), "do" (avocado),  and
even "" (jicama).
T. Michael Keesey