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R A Brown skrev:
> Wesley Parish wrote:
> 
>> On Thu, 20 Oct 2005 08:24, Jim Henry wrote:
> 
> 
> [snip]
> 
>>> ................... "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.
> 

"Notiopithecus" had not only been perfect Greek, it had also
precluded the notion that the critter lived in Australia!

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