[Taxacom] Not news: Latin scholarship statistically zero

Paul Kirk P.Kirk at kew.org
Tue Apr 9 07:28:57 CDT 2013

and here is an English 'Google-ism' ... when the letters 'u' and 's' appear together in literature digitized by Google and OCR'd at Archive.org they are often capitalized ... presumable because they are 'spell checked' as the US [of A] ... ;-)

obvious, to say the very least,


From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu [taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Geoff Read [gread at actrix.gen.nz]
Sent: 09 April 2013 10:05
To: Curtis Clark
Cc: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Not news: Latin scholarship statistically zero

Now that we're all on the alert thanks to Curtis, here's another Latin

'Naturae Curiosorum' translates to English only as 'Missouri', WITH NO
ALTERNATIVES, when it probably is something like 'Curious as to Nature' in
English.  Also happens with Latin to French or German.

Missouri state is named after the Indian Tribe living there.  No obvious
connection with the Latin phrase.  Weird.

I think the connection Google oddly made might come from that a journal
with those 2 words in the title, Academia Caesarea Leopoldino-Carolina
Naturae Curiosorum, was digitised by, guess who, MISSOURI Botanical

Tenuous to say the least.


On Sun, April 7, 2013 7:50 am, Curtis Clark wrote:
> It's not surprising that people use Google Translate to find out Latin;
> I use it for other languages all the time. And it's not surprising that
> Google Translate gives different meanings for different inflections of a
> word, since it equivalences phrases from known translations rather than
> translating words grammatically; that's why it does a better job than
> most other automatic translation programs.
> And so we get "macrofasciculumque". The same Google that gives the
> less-than-useful translation enabled me to research all this in just a
> few minutes. So I'm not exactly complaining.

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