Re: NANFA-- native fish trivia question

Roselawn Museum (
Fri, 14 Apr 2000 12:28:24 -0400

Et tu, Bruce? (-:

At 11:23 AM 4/14/00 EDT, you wrote:
>This is why I invoked the spectre of lawyers here; "minnow" is a germanized
>Latin vulgate word, derived from the word "minimus", small. The various
>"Topminnows" of the genus Fundulus (which contrarily is derived from a Latin
>word meaning "in association with the deep") are not part of the Cyprinidae.
>This is the rub with common names, of course; you say "minnow" to me and
>I'll think of anything small in the water except for catfish, but that's
>just the dialect I grew up with. Like the sainted Lenny Bruce, I'm damaged
>by language. (Should we go back to writing in Latin for science? Maybe I'm a
>conservative after all...)
>--Bruce Stallsmith, ethnic barbarian
>Huntsville, AL

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