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Re: Re: Periodontist by Amelia on 1999-12-16 23:14:33

OK, I'll buy that. That's from that osteocentric trend of naming dinosaurs after the few bones they managed to dig up. Which often misses the best feature of the finally assembled creature. I mean, dimetrodon has this huge bony sail rising up from its spine, which looks really, really cool, but it is named for having "two different sizes of teeth." Narrow-minded, that.

But I was looking at the false etymology of "period" + ontist.

Man, I guess it's really what they say about the lowest form of humor.

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