Juan de Fuca

Robert S. Wachal robert-wachal at UIOWA.EDU
Sat Mar 3 22:05:25 UTC 2001

Back when Victoria College (B.C.) was going to be christened a university,
many of the faculty wanted it to be named after the strait, hence "Juan de
Fuca U."

Bob Wachal

At 11:36 AM 3/2/01 -0500, you wrote:
>My Webster's New World tells me fuchsia was named (by Linnaeus, no less)
>after L. Fuchs (1501-66), German botanist.
> -----Original Message-----
>From:   Mark_Mandel at dragonsys.com [mailto:Mark_Mandel at dragonsys.com]
>Sent:   Friday, March 02, 2001 11:27 AM
>Subject:        Re: Juan de Fuca
>"Boatti, Stephen" <SBoatti at TVRATINGS.COM> writes:
>Why is that salacious? Fuchsia is pronounced 'fyoo-shuh.'
>And often misspelled *fuschia, as people who know the pronunciation try to
>figure out the spelling and, not unreasonably, take refuge in the German
>graph <sch> = "sh". I presume it was named after someone surnamed "Fuchs",
>which is pronounced [fju:ks], rhyming with "Luke's".
>-- Mark A. Mandel

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