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Mediomastus californicus???

FJdy4 at cs.com FJdy4 at cs.com
Mon Feb 3 14:39:06 EST 2003


The concept of gender is difficult to us anglophones but second nature to 
most non-anglophone Europeans.  You're right that invariable endings would 
make electronic searches easier, but the rule-revisers are still working with 
card catalogues.  Maybe someday we'll get all this sorted out.  I just wonder 
which end of "a foolish consistency" taxonomic nomenclature will become.   

In a message dated 2/2/03 1:02:38 PM Pacific Standard Time, 
g.read at niwa.co.nz
writes:

<< Why is the code still binding us to observe minor nuances of Latin 
grammar such as above when stability of names is so crucial?  The new 
2000 code preamble states the advantage of treating original spellings as 
invariable (seriously considered at the draft stage) would have been that 
electronic searching was facilitated.  That the editorial committee did not also 
have in mind the elimination of the time-wasting confusions and uncertainties 
such as illustrated by this thread is rather surprising.   >>  


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