Vernacular names

Frederick W. Schueler bckcdb at ISTAR.CA
Sat Jul 26 02:19:23 CDT 2003

Thomas Lammers wrote:

> Harold St. John at Bishop Museum once told me that when Warren "Herb"
> Wagner, Jr. was a grad student in the Forties, he came in with a bunch of
> specimens he had collected at a place called Kapu. He had mistaken posted
> "keep out" signs ("kapu" is the Hawaiian cognate of Tahitian "taboo") as
> the name of the place.

* and in 1973, on our first visit to the mountains of British Columbia,
we recorded one locality only as "Runaway Lane" - not realizing this was
not a street name, but a generic term for the routes provided for trucks
whose brakes had failed.

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