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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for February 26

This week's quibble comes from the Feb. 20, 2008 Geek Trivia, "Quite a tail to tell."
If you uncover a questionable fact or debatable aspect of this week's Geek Trivia, "Hollywood hack job," just post it in the discussion area. Every week, yours truly will choose the best quibble from the assembled masses and discuss it in a future edition of Geek Trivia. This week's quibble comes from the Feb. 20, 2008 Geek Trivia, "Quite a tail to tell." Member RealGem nailed me for being overzealous in my use of dinosaur synonyms:

"I just wanted to offer a small objection to your use of the term thunder lizard. The word dinosaur actually means ‘terrible lizard' and covers all dinosaurs. Thunder lizard is a literal translation of Brontosaurus, and just refers to the one genus. And, the term Brontosaurus has fallen out of favour, deprecated even, and is now just called Apatosaurus."

Right on both counts, dear reader. Thanks for the paleontology post script, and keep those quibbles coming.

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Can you quibble a quibble? You say reader RealGem is right on "both" counts. He/she is actually right on three counts. 1. dinosaur actually means ?terrible lizard? 2. Thunder lizard is ... Brontosaurus 3. Brontosaurus ... is now just called Apatosaurus

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