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  •  Being pedantic here, but... (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, shortfinals

    Having been almost traumatized by my plant taxonomy class, I feel compelled to note that family names are never italicized, and genus names are always italicized.  (In the case that the sentence is italicized, these are opposite, of course.)

    •  That does sound traumatic. (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, shortfinals

      On the other hand, the names can also be fun, like these:  

         Colon Rectum
         Agra vation
         Aha ha
         Calponia Harrisonfordi
         Carmenelectra shechisme
         Pieza kake

      (Copy/pasted as presented on http://www.oddee.com/... , which has narrative and pix.)

      Dwell on the beauty of life. ~ Marcus Aurelius

      by Joy of Fishes on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 10:40:36 AM PDT

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    •  Actually, although I am aware of that convention.. (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, Joy of Fishes

      ....I operate to a different one in my own diaries....in ALL of them, if there is a word or phrase in a different LANGUAGE to English - it is italicized, be it Latin, French, Welsh, Gaelic, et cetera. It is just a simple way of flagging things up, and making them stand out visually.

      If you care to look through more than 350 diaries, you will find that's just what I do.

      The only time I did the opposite was in a citation for a scientific paper - but then again, I did that because I work in a hospital.

      Oh, I do so love a bit of pedantry!

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 09:08:14 PM PDT

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