[Ads-l] proportionately = 'disproportionately'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 12 18:10:22 UTC 2015


The problem is that it doesn't make much sense when you read it. I felt I
knew what was meant and didn't at the same time.

JL

On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 11:38 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

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> At 1/12/2015 11:02 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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> >  http://www.prehistoric-wildlife.com/species/t/turiasaurus.html
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> >"Despite being around thirty meters long however,=E2=80=AD
> *=E2=80=ACTurias=
> aurus* had a
> >proportionately small head with a skull about seventy centimetres long."
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> Error evolving from "had in proportion a small=20
> head"? -- meaning it was too small for the rest=20
> of it; it was not "the right size"  I'd accept that.
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> Joel=20
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