[Ads-l] Zby

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 12 15:47:18 UTC 2015


Atound 1987 or '88 my wife purchased an illustrated t-shirt inscribed
"Newyorkasaurus."  It bore a cartoon of a sauropod egressing a taxi while
loaded down with fancy shopping bags.

There was a printed definition too, though I can't remember much about it.


JL

On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 8:48 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

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> Random thoughts --
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> Pronunciation -- I think of Zippy/Zibby.  Both he and Zby atlanticus
> are pinheads.
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> Dinosaur naming -- There is a new eat-in/take-out place in Cambridge
> called "Bagelsaurus" (successor to a weekly pop-up in
> Brookline).   They serve a "t-rex" breakfast sandwich.  Will they be
> sued by pre-established places called "Bagels Are Us"?  Or perhaps by
> the nearby "Bagels By Us" of Arlington?
>
> Joel
>
> At 1/12/2015 07:36 AM, you wrote:
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> >When I was a lad, dinos had normal and euphonious names like Styracosaurus
> >and Parasaurolophus.
> >
> >Not any more:
> >
> >http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zby
> >
> >Isn't this the first example of the initial Polish "Zb" as New Latin, and,
> >hence, English? ("Zbigniew" doesn't count: it's still Polish.)
> >
> >Unusually, Wiki doesn't recommend any pronunciation. Maybe it's not meant
> >to be pronounced, rather like the asterisk in the short-lived Shatner
> >series, " * My Father Says."
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> >JL
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