Dialogue about the catalog

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Fri Jun 21 11:22:00 CDT 2002

At 07:07 2002-06-21, Freek Vrugtman wrote:
>Around that time Philip Muntz of Flora of California fame visited the
>herbarium; over coffee I asked him how he pronounced botanical names; his
>reply: "It all depends where I am."

More than a decade ago, Armen Takhtajan of the Komarov Botanical Institute
visited Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and gave a seminar. Afterwards, he
asked that questioners pronounce scientific names in the European fashion,
because, even though he was quite fluent in English, he could not recognize
the names pronounced in the English fashion. Several of us in the audience
ended up "translating" the names for the rest.

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