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Re: Self-Use of Ethnic Insults (was: Re: Ebonic Christmas )

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 19, 2000, 18:14
BP Jonsson wrote:

> This might be part of the > reason why his name is customarily abbreviated.
I think it's just because so *many* plants were named by him. (L. did most of his work on plants.)
> I've often wondered why > English sticks to "Linnaeus", while his countrymen say "Linné", but the > most probable reason is that he was still styled _Carolus Linnaeus_ on the > title page of _Systema Naturalis_!
> (BTW there is a big street in this city called Linnégatan. It used to be > flanked with plantations and trees -- linden of course! -- but the powers > that be decided to remove the plantations and pave the ground right up to > the stems of the poor trees. Some way to treat a Via Linnaei! :-[)
Evidently they had committed the crime, as JRRT has it, of being large and alive. -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis vom dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)