Jim Shields

Tony Avent Tony@plantdelights.com
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:44:53 PDT

I've tried to email you off list, but your spam filter obviously doesn't like anything with the word "delights" in it.

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-----Original Message-----
From: pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of J.E. Shields
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2012 2:49 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Spore elements

I think I see the tracks of this usage.  In German, Spur means track (e.g., bear tracks in the woods) and trace (very small amounts).  Spoor is Afrikaans for track, from old Dutch "spor."

The article cited by Peter seems to have been translated from a German original, and contains numerous mis-spellings and incorrect usages.  It is not a suitable reference for English usages or spellings.

Jim Shields

At 07:35 PM 8/23/2012 +0100, you wrote:
>Rolands use of the term "spore elements" seems to be confirmed here, no
>language confusion!
>where did the use of the word "spoor" come from?
>Peter (UK)
>On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM, Rodger Whitlock <totototo@telus.net> wrote:
> > On 23 Aug 2012, at 1:08, Bulborum Botanicum wrote:
> >
> > > spore elements
> >
> > A confusion between "spoor" and "spore" and thence between "trace" =
> > "track", "spoor" (of an animal) and "trace" = "a minute amount".
> > Etymologically the latter meaningn of "trace" is probably a
> > development from the former.
> >
> > Is this cause for laughter and derision? No, of course not. Could
> > many of us with English as our first language manage as well in
> > another language?
> >
> >
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