[Ads-l] Zby

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Jan 13 00:14:02 UTC 2015


This can only have been a New Yorkuh magazine cartoon.

Joel

At 1/12/2015 10:47 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

>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 --
> >
> > Pronunciation -- I think of Zippy/Zibby.  Both he and Zby atlanticus
> > are pinheads.
> >
> > 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:
> >
> > >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."
> > >
> > >JL
> > >
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