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Month: May 2010

Words About Names – What I do for a living?

The Frog in the Pond

Sometimes two things cross your desk at the same time and they say more than either one of them would on their own.

Firstly I was looking for a list of British birds and happened across the British Ornithologists’ Union (BOU) list of bird names and how they have changed between 1923 and 2007. This is most delightful list as it shows the English names are as stable as the scientific names – or both are equally unstable. If it hadn’t been for an attempt to standardise the use of the hyphen the English names would have been much more stable in my opinion (though by no means totally static). Here is a quote: