Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 19:22:59 -0400 From: "Fernando Q. Gouvea"
Subject: Re: (urth) inhuma in brazil I'm 100% sure that the common name is a coincidence. Not only is the derivation of inhumo/inhuma/inhumi pretty clearly from in+human, but also the Brazilian bird is i-nhu-ma, with the "nh" getting pronounced like the spanish n with a tilde. The completely different sound is the reason why I never made the connection even though I'm sure I had heard about the bird. (The name is presumably from some native language; it doesn't sound like Portuguese.) Fernando -- Fernando Q. Gouvea Department of Mathematics Editor, FOCUS and MAA Online Colby College Mathematical Association of America Waterville, ME 04901 http://www.maa.org firstname.lastname@example.org ========================================================== If you live to the age of a hundred you have it made because very few people die past the age of a hundred. -- George Burns --