I'm just looking at the copy of "The Serengeti Lion" by Schaller that I've loaned from the local uni library. He uses "accustomed" in talking about lions and tourists' cars. He is talking about lions that have seen so many tourists' cars go through the bush around them that they are now too bored to notice. "A baby sardine saw her first submarine. "She was frightened and peered through the peephole." "Oh come come come, said the sardine's mum, "It's only a tin full of people!" Spike Milligan, "Milliganimals" I've also read "habituated to", but at the moment I can't remember who used it. Wesley Parish On Wed, 03 Sep 2003 07:09, you wrote: > Elyse M. Grasso sikyal: > > I'm in Minneapolis for 4 months on a consulting gig. > > > > I looked out my new apartment window this morning and watched geese > > grazing on the lawn. These were not domesticated geese, nor had their > > ancestors ever been domesticated. They aren't exactly tame: I doubt that > > you could actually touch one. But they don't scatter when a person or > > auto moves through their flock. They actually seemed less alarmed than > > some domestic geese I've known would have been. > > In biology there is a term for an animal whose instinctual fear of humans > (or whatever) has been overridden by long contact. Unfortunately, I can't > now remember what the term is--accomodated? Adjusted? Accultured? > Desensitized? > > In any case, that's probably the term your looking for. > > > -- > Jesse S. Bangs [log in to unmask] > http://students.washington.edu/jaspax/ > http://students.washington.edu/jaspax/blog > > Jesus asked them, "Who do you say that I am?" > > And they answered, "You are the eschatological manifestation of the ground > of our being, the kerygma in which we find the ultimate meaning of our > interpersonal relationship." > > And Jesus said, "What?" -- Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?" You ask, "What is the most important thing?" Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata." I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."