Well, it is a little silly, but I recall an early objection by the
Leakeys to Australopithecus afarensis that used the same argument (among
others). The note was one of several to challenge the taxonomic status
of A afarensis by Leakey and colleagues during the early 1980s, but one
of the arguments was that the taxon could not be considered valid
because it mixed Latin and Greek roots.
So, aside from all that scientific stuff, a taxon cannot be real if its
chooser is not a classics scholar.
Can't lay my hands on the issue, but I will look when I get back to campus.
> I thought some might appreciate this. Several years ago at one of our
> annual meetings I heard a colleague discussing her work on
> "polyamory." I was reminded of this session today when I saw the
> following saying on a t-shirt:
> "Polyamory is WRONG!
> It is either multiamory or polyphilia.
> But mixing Greek and Latin Roots?
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