[Taxacom] Objective synonyms?

Curtis Clark lists at curtisclark.org
Sat May 29 16:38:23 CDT 2010

On 5/29/2010 1:21 PM, Neal Evenhuis wrote:
> My goodness. All of this discussion is based simply on the fact that botanists and zoologists use some of the same terms and phrases of nomenclature differently.
That was exactly what I was hoping to clarify.
> The ironic thing is so much discussion has ensued when just a few days ago, David Hawkeworth's new list of bionomenclatural terms was announced. If everyone would just simply read the definitions of all the terms you are unclear about, there would be little discussion left -- Oh ... I guess maybe some people will still *want* to argue. We can't stop that....

"synonym, [synonynum, syn.]: (1) (zool.) each of two or more names of the
same rank used to denote the same taxonomic taxon."

On initial inspection, it is unclear to me that this excludes new 
combinations. It appears that at least some zoologists agree. I'm fully 
ready to accept that they are excluded, but, as they say at Wikipedia, I 
was looking for a reliable source, and I guess there isn't one. At least 
I have a better sense now of the thinking behind it.

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