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|Posté le: Jeu 9 Nov - 10:55 (2017) Sujet du message: Ouranos : a better name?
Why? Partly because of the asinine jokes using Uranus - generally pronounced stressing as in "y'r anus" - a "joke" that wore out long ago - Sigh - although I've also heard it mangulated into something sounding like "Urine-us" which is not much of an improvement.
But also because Ouranos is more accurate in terms of the Greek word for the sky-god the planets meant to be named for - Uranus is a semi-romanised form of the original Greek god Ouranos - equivalent of the Roman god Chronos, father of Zeus [Jupiter] and the Titans, former ruler of the greek pantheon cast down by Zeus for swallowing his children and apparently castrated and imprisoned (?) by Zeus depending on the exact version of the myth.
As the only planet named after a Greek instead of Roman god it seems a good idea to give Ouranos its "proper" Greek name rather than a half-Romanised form of it. Besides, just think one day our grandchildren or greatgrandchildren may just possibly actually live in colonies there. (Not on Ouranos itself, of course, because it lacks a solid surface but perhaps on its moons or even in its atmosphere in floating colonies mining volatiles or He3 or suchlike ..) Would they want to live around something that makes everyone giggle or groan on hearing its name and derivatives?
I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.