"ascribe" = subscribe

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 11 19:43:47 UTC 2007

I read the sentence as something that might be slightly paraphrased
as, "Not everyone ascribes estimates of Liopleurodon's length to the
above leviathan." What's odd about that? In what way would the
replacement of "ascribe" by "subscribe' not disturb the meaning of the

Just kidding!


On 5/10/07, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
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> 2002 Mark Renz  _Megalodon: Hunting the Hunter_  (Lehigh Acres, Fla.: PaleoPress) 141: Not everyone ascribes to the above leviathan estimates of _Liopleurodon's_ length.
> Mr. Renz is a journalist and amateur paleontologist; his book _Fossiling in Florida_ is published by University Press of Florida.
> JL
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