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“Rigged Latin” from The Futility Closet

27 May

Quite an amusing post on the creativity of Latin names.

When entomologist Paul Marsh was given the chance to name two wasp species in the genus Heerz, he called them Heerz tooya and Heerz lukenatcha.

The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature insists that “A zoologist should not propose a name that, when spoken, suggests a bizarre, comical, or otherwise objectionable meaning.” But a few get through…

To read the rest you should visit the home post. All credit goes to Greg Ross and The Futility Closet.

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