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Rydejan
 
Reply Sun 3 Oct, 2010 02:42 pm
Hello !
Why does Silaum silaus calls Pepper-saxifrage in english ?
Thanks !
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 3 Oct, 2010 03:08 pm
@Rydejan,
Silaum silaus is the Latin term; pepper saxifrage is the English name for it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saxifraga
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Sun 3 Oct, 2010 04:59 pm
@Rydejan,
Latin is the common language of scientists. By only using the scientific latin name for a plant you can be sure everyone is talking about the same plant. Plants especially tend to have a lot of "common" names and it would be impossible for botanists to identify plants in a universal way without agreeing upon one name. Using Latin names does that for them.

Here is the full story:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binomial_nomenclature
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 3 Oct, 2010 05:03 pm
@Green Witch,
There is, though, a certain scorn running about, re people who use the latin. People don't want to hear it. Not to mention that latin names change, as new connections are discerned.

I am a teeth gritter re common names locally, as I am asked, but it's the way of it.
Green Witch
 
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Reply Sun 3 Oct, 2010 05:06 pm
@ossobuco,
The powers that be who change the names from time to time make me nuts, but there is no way I could function without knowing the latin (even I pronounce it with a Brooklyn accent)
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 3 Oct, 2010 05:08 pm
@Green Witch,
I'm an old catholic girl gone bad, and I love the latin. This happened in bacteriology too, bacti being my first love. Even plague's name has changed, and much else.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 3 Oct, 2010 05:09 pm
@ossobuco,
I pronounce everything blando. You should hear my italian, it is to cringe.
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Sun 3 Oct, 2010 05:15 pm
We'll it's not like there are any 2000 year old Romans around to correct us.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 3 Oct, 2010 05:26 pm
@Green Witch,
OK, where's George?
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Rydejan
 
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Reply Tue 5 Oct, 2010 10:31 am
Thank you. But I know that.But:
Why does PEPPER-SAXIFRAGE (Silaum silaus) calls Pepper-saxifrage in english ? Taste of pepper, why saxifrage ?
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