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19th Oct 2005, 08:19
Was listening to a documentary on R4 yesterday which informed me that the politically correct term for a Starfish is now a Sea Star.
Take me screaming and kicking to the cells but that just aint right they will always be starfish to me and any kids I may have the good fortune to acquire over the coming years.
BTW - I know they aren't really fish as well!
Well, at least itīs a better name than the Bone Eating Snot Flower (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1595324,00.html) :hmm:
19th Oct 2005, 08:40
I was listening to the same, wondering how on earth or in the ocean, that debate came about?:confused: :confused:
19th Oct 2005, 08:44
Well, at least itīs a better name than the Bone Eating Snot Flower - Which is marginally better than the Snot Eating Bone Flower.
The Invisible Cat
19th Oct 2005, 09:03
One just hopes no one mentions some kind of sweets :} :}
19th Oct 2005, 09:28
Well us edumacated peeps calls em Echinoderms,they is a kind of Sea Urchin that hasn't been sown up properly thus just sort of flop open.
Just a mo!,Urchins hint at a deprived childhood, we can't have that!! from hensforth they will be known as Sea socialy excludedins in all official documents.
19th Oct 2005, 09:31
Parapunter - yeah same here, how on earth did the debate start - must be a whole load of starfish jokes out there I don't know - nearly crashed me car at the time.
BTW that woman surely must be a bit odd studying one type of starfish (or sea star for the PC brigade) for 10 years.
19th Oct 2005, 09:35
Echinoderms - I thought they were hedgehogs from Dunnunda.
Pub quiz question: Can you name a creature with five limbs?
I guess I'll never be able to use that question again now.
19th Oct 2005, 09:53
No one thinks they are called Echindas(sp?),strange critters, as they all tend to be in Oz.
19th Oct 2005, 09:59
In a similar vein to the Bone Eating Snot Flower there is an algae with the scientific name Didymosphenia Geminata.
It is more commonly known as Rock Snot.
19th Oct 2005, 10:14
:E The local Fart bush (Breynia stipitata) will never have it's name changed.
Reminds me of the people who insist on the Fruit Bat being called a Flying Fox, presumably because its related to foxes. :hmm: :rolleyes: I never saw a fox fly or hang upside down in a tree on it's own accord.
19th Oct 2005, 10:57
>I never saw a fox fly
You'll be claiming next that you've never seen a pig fly, or a horse fly . . . .
I've even seen a house fly. Even time flies!
19th Oct 2005, 12:25
well, someone had to do it
Onan the Clumsy
19th Oct 2005, 12:30
Shouldn't it be called "The Ocean Star"?
...and what about the eral name of the chocolate variety? :}
Trouser flies (as opposed to trouser snakes....) :}
19th Oct 2005, 14:49
Yer right OtC.
Chocolate Sea Star doesn't quite sound right :E
19th Oct 2005, 16:49
But who was the Sea star that officially complained about being called a Starfish?
19th Oct 2005, 16:59
I believe it was one of them Clown fish..........they're always sticking their noses in where they aren't wanted.
19th Oct 2005, 20:02
So where do jellyfish fit in? Or whas that covered earlier - am a bit tired!!
19th Oct 2005, 20:43
Jellyfish......them spineless bastards.