The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #132499   Message #4006087
Posted By: Steve Shaw
27-Aug-19 - 04:50 PM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Well, speaking as a botanist and wildflower man, I appreciate the urge to impose vernacular names on wild animals and plants. We try to make the distinction between old country names and invented ones, but it's a distinction that can get blurred. Quite often, invented names are very attractive, and, let's face it, the alternative can be rather arcane Latin nomenclature, which few people appreciate and which, though scientifically invaluable, can sound pretentious and jargonistic. So I'm defending friendly-sounding made-up names for birds, beasts and wildflowers. And I do have a degree in botany...