At the risk of beating a dead horse to death, I desire to add my lick. Students are not adequately trained to communicate in science, and the objective-type test is not helping. When linguistic fluency is equated with drooling in one's beard, and semantics is some sort of erotic deviation, one must not be surprised to learn that etymology is the study of incests. Most of the kids have become aware that mini means small, and that lunar means moon, and we should be grateful for such small advances, but the slippage in other areas is less cause for a gaudeamus igitur. A rara avis indeed who knows the plural of data, media, algae, or compendia.
Iowa Science Teachers' Journal
© Copyright 1970 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Hollander, W. F.
"On the Trail of the Decadent Polyglot,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 7
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol7/iss4/5