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

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Mon Aug 19 01:49:11 BST 2019


On Tue, 13 Aug 2019 10:28:10 -0400, Batwrangler <batwrangler at gmail.com>
wrote:

>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. :)

Or just biologically precise - all come under the realm of "animalia".
--
success, n. The one unpardonable sin against one's fellows. (Ambrose Bierce)


More information about the Lois-Bujold mailing list