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  •  Just because scientists decided to turn a (2+ / 0-)
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    perfectly good general word for "various things that live in the water" into a precisely defined bit of biological jargon, doesn't mean they are the bosses of us.

    Are scallops fish?

    The scientist says no.

    Nonetheless, we have the word, "shellfish," a category that includes scallops. Which pretty definitely proves that scallops are in fact fish, whether that pisses off scientists with their nice, neat, precise taxonomies or not.

    Similarly, we have the word, "whalefish". Therefore, whales are fish -- again, whether or not that thwarts the efforts of scientists to steal the word "fish" for their own particular use.

    Consider, thus, the inanity of people who say, "The Bible says Jonah was swallowed by a fish, not a whale," as if the oddnesses of English-speaking technical jargon have any fricking meaning with respect to something translated from Hebrew into Greek into English, long before modern taxonomy was even invented. pub-LEEZE.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:09:52 PM PST

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