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by m_dow
Wed Jun 05, 2013 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 46163

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Incidentally, it's also a point of pedantic significance that Randall didn't put a period after the "Mrs" in "Mrs Whatsit." L'Engle left it off for the three supernatural beings, although some rogue copy-editors slipped it back in (at least, in a couple editions).
by m_dow
Wed May 16, 2012 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 46543

Re: 1056: Felidae

I also want to know how on earth "Mountain Lion" ranks as a cooler name than "Puma," or how "Ocelot" is a less cool name than "Cheetah."

(and, Omegaton, you're not the only one. Latin teacher here...)
by m_dow
Wed May 16, 2012 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 46543

1056: "Felidae"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/felidae.png Alt text: 'Smilodon fatalis' narrowly edged out 'Tyrannosaurus rex' to win this year's Most Badass Latin Names competition, after edging out 'Dracorex hogwartsia' and 'Stygimoloch spinifer' (meaning 'horned dragon from the river of death') in the semifinals. ...
by m_dow
Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 43491

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

I don't know what –ology Randal had in mind (I'm no Bible scholar), but etiology wasn't it. Anybody know? Ecclesiology? Eschatology? Actually, I think Etiology-man is right. Etiology, according to Wikipedia, is the study of origins. That can include the study of origin myths , which would make God'...

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