The Curious Origin of the Word ‘Dinosaur’

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

Where does the word ‘dinosaur’ come from, and what does it literally mean? And why is the word ‘dinosaur’ entirely inappropriate for the thing it describes?

Let’s delve into the etymology – or origin – of ‘dinosaur’ to learn why the word was, quite literally, a ‘terrible’ choice of word for the extinct reptiles it names. Continue reading “The Curious Origin of the Word ‘Dinosaur’”