Melvyn wrote, re the mushroom page:
'any chance of filling in a few gaps, Tony?'
There certainly is, as soon as sitting in front a screen for a while is no
longer painful - the vet was a little clumsy and life's a tad difficult
Nice snow list - grin -- it may be worth checking out Prof. William O.
Pruitt on Google. He is/was a specialist in the biology of life in, under
and around snow, and spent some time trying to integrate selected terms from
the Inuit and other northern Native American (and possibly Siberian) tribes
into his specialist English word set. I liked it, since I loathe the
false-Greek/Latin compunds that do so much to separate scientists from the
human race. Sentimentality it may be, but the original word for some natural
thing or phenomenon might carry just a little of the magic of its existence,
if only an echo of the sound it makes.
As for the names of sea fishes, one has first to tackle the BrE/AmE
differences (profound) then address the fishmongers' bullshit that gave us
'rock salmon' for greater spotted dogfish (AmE ground shark) and turned the
gloriously ugly anglerfish into a 'monkfish' at the expense of another
shark, a very pretty and incidentally tasty character that looks halfway to
a ray, among other similar bits of wool-dragging in the interests of money.
The Czechs are at it too, with 'morska stika' which is related to a pike the
way I'm related to a tree-shrew and 'aljasska treska' which bears as much
relationship to a cod as it does to a bicycle. The former, which to judge
from a 'Latin' name I once found on a packet of it, should be 'whiting', is
a catfood species that should never be frozen unless pre-cooked, while the
other seems to be an ooze-grubbing pollution and shit concentration unit
that slimes its way round the benthic zones in shoals large enough to suit
the factory vessels that fish for it. Believe me, the fish in our shops are
not caught to suit the customer in any way at all; they are caught to suit
the banks that put up the cash for the incredibly expensive ships and
equipment needed to fish the final oceanic zones that remain after the
devastation of all normal stocks over the past three decades. So if you like
tuna (and don't care about dolphins) check out its relationship to mercury
(the metal) before you eat too much of it. Give all fish fingers and burgers
to your worst enemies unless the contents clearly give the 'Latin' binomial
of something recognisable from the North Sea; and for the love of Whatever,
stay away from the 'Alaskan cod' or I'll buy a scanner and put its picture
up for you.
Anyone like to tell me a usable and credible Czech for my favourite catching
and eating sea fish, the (European) bass Dicentrarchus labrax? It used to
run up as far as Slovakia before the punchdrunk commie scumbag cut it off
from the ocean with his useless dam.