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I am hereby making up a new word: Palaeontography - the representation of old life.

:iconnyctopterus: - My other account.
:iconpaleoartists: - Palaeoartists group.

"Palaeoart" (a term used for art representing fossil life forms) means "old art". This is undeniably silly, because much of it is brand-new. The word comes from jamming together 'palaeontology' ("study of old life") and 'art' in an incoherent fashion. Really, it should be "palaeontoart", which means "old life art", but which unfortunately sounds silly.

So, I've been thinking, and I think I'm going to found the new field of palaeontography, and call myself a palaeontographer. Rolls of the tongue, and gets rid of "art" in the word, which is English, and sounds less professional and mysterious.

Palaeontographer I am then.

Palaeoartists on DA:
Andalgalornis Archosaurian aspidel Beast-of-Chaos briankroesch chasmosaur dustdevil Gondolendian Hairen Hotherym jeffquinn Khaan little-al MattMart Outlier tuomaskoivurinne Qilong Red-Dilopho Sainte-Vincient danieljoelnewman TarryAGoat unlobogris
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dustdevil Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2006  Professional General Artist
It works fine in french also, paléontographe, ou paléontographiste. (because "graphe" sounds a bit like the name of a machine).
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Outlier Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2006
Yes
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alitheia Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2005
Excellent word. I will be sure to add it to my vocabulary pronto.

Now, what if you called it palaeontoArt? :giggle:
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Archosaurian Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2005
Hmmmm... Palaeontography... I like it!
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pearwood Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
As a measure of the word's perpiscuity (another good lexicologist's gem), I understood what palaeontographer meant without you having to explain it to me. And, aside from missing the dipthong I could spell it.
Steve
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