A notion of "purity" and connotations of cleanliness, neatness, stability, uniformity, worthiness and admirable values click through our mental processes. After all, that's what we learn in biology, especially the genetic section, don't we? Well, maybe it's colored a bit by the horticulturalists' and stock breeders' influence, and dog and cat fanciers who want pedigree papers and conformity to some arbitrary standard. Poultry and small pet fanciers have about the same attitude, but rely less on papers. But "purebred" is jargon--at worst meaningless in the context of conflicting usages, and contemptuous in use by a more sophisticated group--breeders or teachers versus laymen or students. At best, it is peculiar to the biologist's profession of one type or another.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 1977 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Miller, Wilmer J.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 14
, Article 22.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol14/iss1/22