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  RE: why scientists don't just give up the names battle
From: "Cooper, Susan L." SLCooper at scj.com> on 2001.07.10 at 07:10:02(7006)
Good point, Jim. Your note about permanency reminded me about a comment
someone made about the writer Stephen King: something to the effect that
his books are popular now, but in 20-30 years (or less) they will be
difficult to read due to the fact that he uses so many brand names. I just
read a book of his where he kept mentioning a certain type of toy by name,
and for half the book I had no idea of what he was talking about (the wooden
paddle with a rubber band thing attached, with a rubber ball on the end).

I'm only a hobbyist (and I wouldn't call my thumb green), and I still call
Zantedeschia calla lilies sometimes, but when people mention voodoo lilies I
have no idea what they are talking about!
Susan Cooper

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