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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Sunday Rest: pongid. Word Not To Use Today.

.If pongid meant smelly then there could be no objection to the word, but instead it describes some of the greatest and noblest creations of the Earth.

This is a pongid:

Orang Utan, Semenggok Forest Reserve, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia.JPG

and so is this:

Male gorilla in SF zoo.jpg

and this :

Hylobates lar pair of white and black 01.jpg
(those are Lar gibbons.)

For a pongid is any member of the family Pongidae, which includes (or used to include) the gibbons and the great apes (though, not, sadly, Homo sapiens). 

At least, that's what a pongid is according to my Collins dictionary, though Wikipedia and everyone else says the pongids consist only of the great apes.

Either way, I feel rather left-out.

Word Not To Use Today (particularly if a gorilla is listening) pongid. This word comes from the Kongo mpongi, which means ape.

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