[Taxacom] Concladic or concladal? (To clade or not to clade)

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Wed May 24 17:46:17 CDT 2006

I conclude concladic, concladal, and concladous are too clunky for me.

Richard H. Zander
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-----Original Message-----
From: Barry Roth [mailto:barry_roth at yahoo.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2006 5:29 PM
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Concladic or concladal? (To clade or not to clade)

Because I speak English, not Greek, and -al is readily understood as an attributive suffix in English, the issue of a Greek root is not merely academic, it is irrelevant.  Apart from the freedom which I as the coiner (if indeed I am that august and front-running individual) enjoy in making up words as I please -- and Humpty-Dumpty had something to say on a related matter -- I like the ululating flow of "concladal" better than the click of "concladic":
  "Who was that concladal I saw you with last night?"
  "That was no concladal, that was my sister-group."
  Cheers back,

Ken Kinman <kinman at hotmail.com> wrote:
  I have certainly seen the word contaxic, but not "concladal". 
However, since the root comes from the Greek "klados", wouldn't the 
preferable spelling perhaps be "concladic"? I'm not sure.
Ken Kinman

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