Common names

Subject: Common names
From: "David Geering"<>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 1998 10:40:22 +1000
John Leanard wrote:
"Another unfortunate royal bird is the Regent Honeyeater (and, for that
matter, the Regent Bowerbird). Now that most people no longer remember that
the Prince Regent had a taste for gaudy clothes, especially yellow ones?
does the name mean, who is the bird deputising for? Or is it simply
I wouldn't like to see Regents called Warty-faced Honeyeaters, but what
 Golden-streaked Honeyeaters, or Phrygian Honeyeaters?"
Lets face it, a name is name is a name.  Do they really have to have a
meaning? Regent rolls of the tongue beautifully, there are enough
something-faced, something-tufted and something-streaked honeyeaters out
there already.  Phrygian Honeyeater ???  AHHHHH !!!  Earlier this century
they were commonly known as Warty-faced Honeyeaters.  I've already let it
be known that I don't intend becoming the Warty-faced Honeyeater Recovery
Coordinator.  Who is going to chain themselves to a bulldozer for a
Warty-faced Honeyeater?

David Geering

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