[Ads-l] Zby

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 13 01:32:10 UTC 2015


Actually it wasn't.  There were other -sauruses to choose from, as I
recall.  "Drunkasaurus" may have been one.

JL

On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 7:14 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

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> This can only have been a New Yorkuh magazine cartoon.
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> Joel
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> At 1/12/2015 10:47 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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> >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.
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> >JL
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> >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:
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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."
> > > >
> > > >JL
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