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Unread postby Jose » Sat Oct 20, 2007 8:31 pm

Zippy Zebra wrote:<...>however that's where the name originates from<...>

I'm afraid not, Zippy Zebra! :wink:
"Meerkat" is the generic Afrikaans name for mongoose, and although the Dutch word suggests to be a combination of meer (lake) and kat (cat), this is incorrect. Another - false - assumption is that it is derived from the Afrikaans phrase "meer kat as hond" which translates to "more cat than dog", allegedly the description of mongooses by the early Dutch settlers. Over time the name has come to be associated with the species suricate (Suricata suricatta).

In fact, the original meaning of the (Dutch) word "meerkat" is "monkey", and it is related to Old High German "mericazza".
Thinking along the lines of folk-etymology, the most likely origin is a (recorded in writing) mispronunciation/misspelling of "markat" (Hindi) and/or "markata" (Sanskrit). This in spite of the word being used in Germanic long before any known direct contact with India. The earliest known reference of "meerkat" is dated as far back as the late 15th century, and so also well before the Dutch set foot on African shores.

For comparison: the Dutch name for Vervet monkey is Groene meerkat (Green Monkey).

Must say, I've always liked the "meer kat as hond" version of the tale. ;)

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Unread postby Zippy Zebra » Mon Oct 22, 2007 12:59 pm

:clap: Thanks Jose - this clarifies quite a lot for me.. Never to old to learn something new. :dance: You are a star. :redface:

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Unread postby Pilane » Mon Oct 22, 2007 8:05 pm

The Tswanna says that These children leads thier parents into trouble. Which animal are they referring to?

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Unread postby gwendolen » Mon Oct 22, 2007 9:28 pm

homo sapiens? :lol:

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Unread postby jonty1 » Tue Oct 23, 2007 10:03 am

gwendolen wrote:homo sapiens? :lol:


:lol: :lol: :lol:

first guess here...Baboon
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Unread postby timbo » Tue Oct 23, 2007 5:00 pm

Black rhino....
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Unread postby Pilane » Tue Oct 23, 2007 5:21 pm

Black Rhino :roll: nope

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Unread postby timbo » Tue Oct 23, 2007 6:19 pm

Maybe white rhino........................................
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Unread postby Zippy Zebra » Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:43 am

Going with Jonty on the baboon?
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Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Oct 24, 2007 12:09 pm

Would agree with white rhino.

The white rhino calf walks in front of the mother. They do not have good eyesight and are very inquisitive. So when they notice something they go and investigate. That causes a situation where you have a calf walking (you) in to trouble, with a rather big mother right behind it!
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Unread postby Pilane » Wed Oct 24, 2007 12:48 pm

White rhino is correct

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Unread postby restio » Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:58 pm

Great explanation, Imberbe. 8)
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Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:39 pm

Yes, but not so great when you experience it yourself! :wink: :lol:

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Unread postby timbo » Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:11 pm

Um......... Let me think......

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panthera
Species: P. pardus

Who is this....
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Unread postby Freda » Thu Oct 25, 2007 6:56 pm

Leopard!


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