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Shouldn't professional wordsmiths actually understand words? 
19th-Feb-2008 10:20 am
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Dear BBC,

Beelzebufo means, literally, if you allow for mixed roots, "Lord of the Frogs." It does not mean "Frog from Hell." Get it right.

Love,
A palaeontologist.

Guess who's having uncontrollable anxiety attacks again?

Yup, that would be me. I refuse to contemplate how much this is related to a bleeding vagina.

This is stupid.
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19th-Feb-2008 10:26 am (UTC)
*hugs*
19th-Feb-2008 11:33 am (UTC)
*smooshes*
19th-Feb-2008 11:54 am (UTC)
I hope the panic attacks go away sharpish.
19th-Feb-2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
Anxiety attacks are different from panic attacks, though I get those two. Thank you.

Hey, is this your thing?
19th-Feb-2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Ach, sorry. I demonstrate my cluelessness once more! *smacks self repeatedly in face*

Ta for the link! :)

That could and possibly should be my kind of thing, but I think I'd be too shit-scared to carry it off. I'd be terrified that I'd sell nothing and would just want to hide under the table the whole time.
19th-Feb-2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
The person in question is my flatmate, BTW, so only partly a random stranger. She asked me if I knew anyone, and I said "I only know of one UK artist who's good enough to share a table with you."
19th-Feb-2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks for the vote of confidence! :)

I hope your flatmate manages to find someone more con-friendly than me to share a table, but keep me posted if she doesn't.
19th-Feb-2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
*smushes you all huggish, bleeding vagina or no*

So once upon a time I saw 'BBC' and thought 'British Broadcasting Corporation' or possibly 'oh the beeb'. NO LONGER.

(possibly because I can has working for BBC at the moment, of course.)

*more smushings*

Edited at 2008-02-19 12:46 (UTC)
19th-Feb-2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
Oztraylans have posh schools?

Haha, that implies you have an upper class.

It's possible I culturally stereotype a little too much.
19th-Feb-2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
We do have an upper class. Sorry. *hangs head* We try to keep them out of the public eye as much as we can. Everyone's got those disfiguring little diseases, yanno.
19th-Feb-2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
And they're not as entertaining as ours, prob.
19th-Feb-2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yurr. Ours are all posh and don't do things like go on Big Brother or become crocodile hunters, 'cos they're far too busy doing posh things. So nobody really cares about them.

You guys only have an upper class, don't you? Oh, and cockneys. Should that be Cockneys? That's what England is comprised entirely of. Upper-class people and Cockneys.

And queues.

I begin to wonder if I should go to bed.
19th-Feb-2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
Only go to bed if you can't come online to give me hugs.

Actually, I have nothing useful to say, but.


Go to bed.
19th-Feb-2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
You so need to send them that e-mail. :)
19th-Feb-2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, but newswriters are trained to go for what SOUNDS cooler, not necessarily what's correct.

Although "Lord of the Frogs" does have a certain ring to it. Now I'm picturing a big bullfrog dressed like Aragorn. *snerk*
19th-Feb-2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
Hmm. The New York Times thinks it translates as "Devil Frog", which is perhaps slightly more acceptable.

Metro also thought it meant "Frog from Hell", but may have copied its story from the Beeb. The Telegraph says its been "dubbed the frog from hell", but that it was "nicknamed" Beezlebufo. I can't get at PNAS to see what the published derivation is. I doubt Marc would make the error, I suspect it may have crept in with the press release.
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