What do you call a grey-green moth that weighs less than on ounce, measures approximately an inch in length, and frequents the White Sands National Park in New Mexico? That was the question which entomologist, Eric Metzler, asked the general public this past October.
In a novel attempt to raise funds for the Western National Parks Association (WNPA), Metzler generously auctioned off the right to name his newly discovered species to the highest eBay bidder and donated the proceeds to the WNPA. According to eBay, the auction ended on the 23rd of October with the winning bid reaching an astounding $12,600.
We don’t know the name yet. It can take as long as year for the Latinized name to be officially registered by the Commission of Zoological Nomenclature. Stay tuned.
For more information, see this article and this article.
The Luther Burger
Dr. Cleveland Evans writes about names for the Omaha World-Herald. This week’s column explores Luther.
PARSEME is the acronym given to a scholarly network of scientists dedicated to the investigation of parsing and multi-word expressions.
From the 7th to the 8th of April 2016, this organization will be holding its 6th General Meeting in Struga, Macedonia. Lexicography researchers and language technology experts from 30 member countries are invited to submit poster proposals by the 30th of November 2015.… Read More
From the 27th to the 30th of June 2016, the Department of Jewish Culture at Saint Petersburg University in Russia will be holding a conference on Hebrew and Yiddish in Contemporary Education and Culture. The aim of this 2nd international conference is to provide researchers specializing in Yiddish or Hebrew Studies a forum for sharing their findings and experience.… Read More
A recently Clutch study found that new companies are increasingly inventing new names. This is fueled in part by the want for a dot-com domain name. Additionally, an invented name isn’t restricted by the meaning of existing words. This can allow more freedom to create a memorable brand.
This East African Western University student discusses how Westerners cannot pronounce her name and what that means to her.… Read More
In recruitment, there exists an “unconscious bias” based on applicants names. This leads to ethnic and gender discrimination in hiring. Many companies and universities are moving toward a “name-blind” application model.
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On the 22nd of February 2016, the monthly meeting of the St. Mary’s County Genealogical Society will be devoted to the subject of onomasiology, the study of the origin, history, and use of proper names. The meeting will discuss the research techniques used when dealing with proper names. Members of the public are welcomed to attend.
The International Conference of Near Eastern Achaeomusicology (ICONEA) will be holding a scientific forum devoted to all aspects of onomasiology and semasiology in the music of the Ancient World. Interested participants are invited to send in their abstracts before the 16th of November 2015. The conference will be held in the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford from the 14th to the 16th of December 2015.
The Dictionary Society of North America (DSNA) is devoted to supporting scholarly and professional activities relating to dictionaries, lexicography, and lexicology.
In the summer of this year, the DSNA announced that it had voted to change the wording of its constitution to remove exclusive language. The previous constitution defined the category name of “joint membership” as belonging to a “husband and wife.” The newly revised definition stipulates that the category name pertains to a “member and partner or spouse.”
According to the report issued on the DSNA website, these terminological changes were made in advance of the US Supreme Court ruling that laws prohibiting the marriage of same-sex partners are unconstitutional.