B-O-T-A-N-Y is for keeps
GELLMORE at PEARL.TUFTS.EDU
Tue Sep 7 15:46:42 EST 1993
Baskin is not the first to notice the stigma upon the word botany. In 1980
I was urged to call myself a Plant Biologist since I work in a Bio dept.
Botanists are percieved as diminutive eccentrics with hand lenses bent
on identifying the world's flora.
I agree that botany is a fine word, and I continue to list Botanist as my
occupation to the IRS. I am particularly heartened by the decision of the
Botanical Society of America to stand firm in keeping the word botany in
their flagship journal.
Botany is best,
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