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By i (Fri Dec 31, 2004 at 08:21:56 AM EST) (all tags)
There's a peculiar selection of Google Ads running at this moment on this site.

I can totally see where they are coming from, but it's hilariously funny nevertheless. Just letting you know. Which brings me straight to the next paragraph (not).

Google for "polossatik". What do you see? A bunch of articles (including one from wikipedia, and [in the extended results] way too many from Wikipedia clones) about Orcas, or Killer Whales. All of them maintain that "polossatik" is an Aleut name for Orca, and that it means "the feared one".

In reality, "polossatik" (or, more commonly, "polosatik") is indeed a name for a whale, just not for the Orca. It's a Russian word meaning "a striped one", and as  such it is applicable to any number of so-called rorqual whales, or Balaenopteridae. The word "rorqual" itself means "grooved" or "furrowed" or somesuch in Norwegian. They belong to different suborders in order Cetacea. Orcas are toothed whales (Odontoceti) and rorquals are baleen whales (Mysticeti).

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Tell toxicfur about this one by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Dec 31, 2004 at 08:56:03 AM EST
A bunch of her students cited Wikipedia in their recent term papers.

Oh, my. by dn (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Dec 31, 2004 at 05:39:45 PM EST
Mind you, I use Wikipedia for technical work, in a knock it over the head and rifle through its pockets for literature references sort of way.

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I Approve of this Diary. by ti dave (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Dec 31, 2004 at 04:30:41 PM EST
That was sufficiently nerdy.

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