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CHAT Almost well-formed southern ape (wasRe: Teknonyms)

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Saturday, October 22, 2005, 11:32
Wesley Parish wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Oct 2005 08:24, Jim Henry wrote:
>>................... "Matronym" >>seems to be one of those Greek/Latin hybrids >>like "television". >> > > Or like Australopithecus Africanus, which raised more than a few eyebrows when > it was first coined.
Indeed - yet there is only one letter in Australopithecus that makes it 'ill-formed' - sigh! Latin readily borrowed from Greek, and the ending -us as well as the spelling with |c| suggests a Latinized _pithecus_ rather than Greek _pithe:kos_. What is more _pithecus_ is actually attested in late Classical Latin; it is found in a 3rd CE collection of abbreviations ascribed to Cicero's freedman, Tiro, who was a great user of shorthand. _australis_ "southern" is a perfectly good Latin adjective. But if this were a properly formed Latin compound, it would be 'Australipithecus' "southern ape". Sigh. -- Ray ================================== ================================== MAKE POVERTY HISTORY


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