Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Pterodactyl Pteenagers

The name of the dinosaur Pterodactyl comes from ancient Greek, a language in which there are lots of words that start with "pt" (here's a list, in fact!) - in English, though, no words start that way. You can see this same word-initial "pt" combination in the Greek name Ptolemy and in the phrase "ptomaine poisoning" which also derives from Greek.

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