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iamasmith
Hi,

Anyone got any idea behind the naming of the Zaurus?, Does it actually mean anything? if it doesn't then it's probably a mix of names that marketing put together.

So does anyone know for sure?

- Andy
jogloran
According to the Japanese wikipedia article http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaurus it's just a modification of 'saurus', ostensibly when some executive at Sharp liked the idea of strength that the association with dinosaurs conveyed.

Strikes me as an odd thing to name a PDA, since most people associate dinosaurs with incredible size, but there you go.
loopy29
yeah, incredible size and extinction...
padishah_emperor
They'd been smoking a lot of herb. tongue.gif
iamasmith
Gosh, so the rather dodgy JPEG that appears on the FAQ stuff was closer to the truth than I imaged.... I'm shocked. LOL.
padishah_emperor
Good heavens! He's trying to faq her, I'd never noticed! That's perverse ;-)
nilch
:-) ... and I am laughing and rolling on the floor here

Oh God..., what a connotation to the name Zaurus :-)
iamasmith
I don't know who acquired this incriminating shot of Mr Veloco R Aptor here, but I'm sure it's out of context....

we really have to suggest that he's lookiing over the girls shoulder because I'm sure that's what he would claim and it could be the source of a little 'heat' otherwise.....

I favour changing this pic on the FAQs to something a little less ambiguous.

+ Actually I think the 'saur' part of Dinosaur in latin means Lizard. Any latin buffs who can confirm?

(BTW: My original guess about the naming was 'The Zaurus' <- 'The Saurus' <- 'Thesaurus'. There doesn't seem to be any firm evidence to support that though.)
loopy29
QUOTE(iamasmith @ Feb 20 2005, 10:08 AM)
I don't know who acquired this incriminating shot of Mr Veloco R Aptor here, but I'm sure it's out of context....

we really have to suggest that he's lookiing over the girls shoulder because I'm sure that's what he would claim and it could be the source of a little 'heat' otherwise.....

I favour changing this pic on the FAQs to something a little less ambiguous.


Don't know about this. I think it is hilarious...
QUOTE(iamasmith @ Feb 20 2005, 10:08 AM)
+ Actually I think the 'saur' part of Dinosaur in latin means Lizard. Any latin buffs who can confirm?


Yep, it means horrible lizard.
iamasmith
Actually the picture could indicate the kind of 'geek addiction' that many of us suffer.... instead of a 'Monkey on your back'.....
chrget
QUOTE(loopy29 @ Feb 20 2005, 11:41 AM)
QUOTE(iamasmith @ Feb 20 2005, 10:08 AM)
Actually I think the 'saur' part of Dinosaur in latin means Lizard. Any latin buffs who can confirm?


Yep, it means horrible lizard.
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And for completeness' sake, it' greek and not latin wink.gif

Best regards,
Chris.
Stubear
QUOTE(iamasmith @ Feb 20 2005, 02:59 AM)
Gosh, so the rather dodgy JPEG that appears on the FAQ stuff was closer to the truth than I imaged.... I'm shocked. LOL.
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That add was for the early M models of the zaurs, that didn't have linux as an OS but some proprietory OS that Sharp built or bought.

That was quite a populr add in Japan when it first came out (around 96 if memory serves), it was on TV all the time and that pic or slight variations of it were plastered all over the trains.

Can't seem to find any large size copies around on the net any more sad.gif

Stu
ev1l
QUOTE(loopy29 @ Feb 20 2005, 02:41 AM)
Yep, it means horrible lizard.
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Terrible, not horrible, silly laugh.gif
jim-in-baltimore
QUOTE(ev1l @ Feb 21 2005, 06:40 AM)
QUOTE(loopy29 @ Feb 20 2005, 02:41 AM)
Yep, it means horrible lizard.
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Terrible, not horrible, silly laugh.gif
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Saurus is a Latin word (by definition, it uses latin characters). According to the Oxford Latin Dictionary, saurus means a fish, in particular the horse-mackerel.

What you may be looking for is "saura" (\sigma\alpha\upsilon\rho\alpha), which is a Latinized Greek word meaning a type of lizard or salamander. Neither terrible nor horrible is implied in the original word. sleep.gif


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iamasmith
Excellent, yes I think people might be getting mixed up with the commonly known Tyrannosaurus - Which does, I believe, mean "Terrible Lizard".
speculatrix
I always assumed it was meant to allude to thesaurus, to imply a source of information.

I now stand corrected!
bluedevils
http://bedoper.com/reptilian/archive9.htm
stupkid
Here is was dictionary.com says:

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=dinosaur

New Latin Dnosauria, group name, from Dnosaurus, former genus name : Greek deinos, monstrous + Greek sauros, lizard.
iamasmith
QUOTE(bluedevils @ Feb 23 2005, 04:53 PM)


Well I guess now I understand the pitch..... er no actually I don't. - Unless these were limited edition novelty power packs for the original Z biggrin.gif
padishah_emperor
QUOTE(bluedevils @ Feb 23 2005, 04:53 PM)


Wow...
Freaky, so the Zaurus is a device which allows you to be humped by a frisky T-Rex as part of a Freemason, Illuminati, Satanic nazi conspiracy?

Glad I got a Yopy wink.gif

I need to go to bed tongue.gif
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