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From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 08:38:51 -0800
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At 2:27 PM -0500 1/8/08, Sergei Nirenburg wrote:
>On Jan 8, 2008, at 2:21 PM, Duane Nickull wrote:
>>  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??
>hippopotamus means riverhorse (horse + river) in Greek
>>  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.
>rhinoceros means nose+horn in Greek    (01)

Ah, yes, in Greek. But in English, it means rhinocerous.    (02)

You see, that is just the kind of thing that 
makes English so superior to all those other 
languages: in English, words have their proper 
meanings. It really is quite simple, I sometimes 
wonder why the rest of the world isn't able to 
see the truth staring them in the face: but then 
I have to concede, they do have the handicap of 
speaking one of the faulty languages.    (03)

Pat    (04)

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