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From: Sergei Nirenburg <sergei@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 14:27:23 -0500
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On Jan 8, 2008, at 2:21 PM, Duane Nickull wrote:    (01)

> And also (take it with a grain of salt, it is humor).
> 3. Nilepferd.  Rather than recognizing a hippopotamus as a distinct  
> species,
> the Germans consider it a Pferd (Horse) that swims in the Nile.   
> Perhaps
> this is perhaps why so many German tourists try to encourage  
> Nilepferds into
> weight loss programs??    (02)

hippopotamus means riverhorse (horse + river) in Greek    (03)

> 4. Nasehorn:  again, a literal name for the Rhinocerous, a noble  
> beast who
> might be a bit sensitive about the appendage sticking out of the  
> middle of
> its' forehead.  IMO, not polite to give it a name to constantly  
> remind it of
> the growth.    (04)

rhinoceros means nose+horn in Greek    (05)

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