Tuesday 6 November 2012

And We Wonder Why...

I'm convinced that people make the mistake of calling palaeontologists 'archaeologists' because there are two additional syllables in the word that refers to dinosaur hunters. Of course, ignorance of discipline-specific terminology [pejoratively referred to as jargon by some] is proof of nothing more than that the error is constantly being reinforced by those not acquainted with the difference.
     A case in point.
Archeologists uncover ancient mayfly with 'hitchhiker'
It's obvious from the title alone. This is going to be an article about insects in amber. Curiously, I was unable to find either the words 'archeology' or anything more specific than 'scientist' in the text of the article.
     I think this whole matter is what's known as a lost cause.

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