Gigantopithecus californiensis von beringoni
What’s in a Name? The simple answer is truth. For clear identification a species must be named truthfully: one does not call his dog, “Windy,” nor does he address his wife as, “Feckless,” even if some of those qualities are applicable. Science demands that beasts be named for their most prominent features and/or the place in which they reside.
What I’m getting at is the current nomenclature (that is to say, naming convention) for the mysterious man-beast inhabiting the wilds of North America. “Bigfoot?” That’s the best we can do? Surely a seven foot-tall gorilla should be distinguished by something other than the size of its feet! I wear a British shoe size 14 (measured in barleycorn) and I have never once been cited for the impressive size of my feet.
And the name “Sasquatch” is no better. Contrary to popular presumption, the name Sasquatch is an anglicized derivative of the word "sésquac" which means: "bringer of liquor" in a Salish Native American language. Could this translation actually have the intent backwards, that liquor (or “good burning water” as it is known to the Salish) is the bringer of Sasquatch, rather than vice versa? This theory is outlined in my published work titled, “North American ape sightings: is alcohol a contributing factor?”
It may surprise you to know that I have had a close encounter with the creature incorrectly referred to as "Sasquatch" (a story for another time) and therefore feel entitled to give the beast its proper designation: "The North American Wood Ape" or Gigantopithecus californiensis von beringoni. This designation is official forthwith and calling the beast by any other name will be considered, by the scientific community, as plebeian.
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