[LMB] OT: California drop bear - an invasive species?

Batwrangler batwrangler at gmail.com
Tue Aug 13 15:28:10 BST 2019


On Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 10:19 AM Parish, James <jparish at siue.edu> wrote:

> Sharon Micenko:
> And you thought it was only the animals in Australia that will kill you.
>
> Marc Wilson:
> All the animals, most of the birds and a startling percentage of the
> flora.
>
> Gwynne Powell:
> You forgot the insects and the arachnids.
>
> Batwrangler:
> Insects and arachnids fall under "animals".
>
> Jim Parish  :
> Under the technical, biological definition, yes. But under that
> definition, so do birds. I conclude that Marc was using the colloquial,
> rather than the technical, definition. (And yes, tomatoes are fruit
> under the botanical definition, but under the culinary - and the legal -
> definition, they are not fruit, but vegetables.)
>
> Jim Parish
> nit-picker's nit-picker
>
>
>
Batwrangler again:

I think it's probably just a difference in colloquialisms, though my
automatically lumping insects and arachnids into animals might be
idiomatic. :)

-- 
Sheila


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