Polygenesistically a word?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Aaron, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    I'm trying to find a term roughly meaning 'emerging simultaneously from different heritage (or more accurately - cheifdom) lines.' Saying that whole phrase is completely destroying the flow.

    The closest thing I can come up with is 'polygenesistically,' but I don't think that is even close to being a word (the dictionary agrees with that.)
  2. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
  3. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Doh! I knew there was something much simpler. Thanks a bunch.
  4. Low E Louie

    Low E Louie Guest

    Jan 5, 2004
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Biologically it would be analog.

    Analog organs - same function, different origin - gill and lung

    Homolog organs - different function, same origin - swim bladder and lung
  5. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Not sure what you are using it for, though. To be exact, heterogenic means something with a "mixed origin", as in, a baby which is a mix of two people's genes.
  6. SnoMan

    SnoMan Words Words Words

    Jan 27, 2001
    Charleston, WV
    If your word isn't a real word. Use it.

    If it is, don't and make up a new one.

    That way when you use it, the others will not understand, but as long as you present it as truth, they will nod and be impressed by your leet brain power.

  7. Knavery


    Feb 24, 2004
    Westminster, CO
    And then others will begin to use it until it is adopted by Merriam Webster's Dictionary, and then you can tell your kids that you made up a word in the dictionary, and then they can tell all their friends, "look what my dad did," and then they'll grow up and continue the legacy by creating a book entitled, "Wordsmithing to Impress," which will end up being a best-seller, and then they will be millionaires and buy you a bigger house, and a nice car, and perhaps a yacht with a bar inside... with 5 different kinds of beer... Or 6... oh, and a bottle or two of Glenlivit. And then you can grow old in happiness until it is discovered that the word you came up with actually existed, and was retired 300 years ago, and then no one else buys your kids books, because they know who their old pop is, and then you die of old age, and your sons move on to the cubicle life and walk around in a depressed state of mind, but you don't give a s**t because your dead.
  8. Ericman197

    Ericman197 Guest

    Feb 23, 2004
    This is how I would describe it. Typically, you don't hear the term heterogenic unless describing genes (heterogeneous vs. homogeneous for a given trait). It isn't wrong per se though.

    You're trying to describe analogous features, which develop as a result of convergent evolution.
  9. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    It has nothing to do with biology -

    I'm trying to describe the more modern (post Cobbing 'controversy') look at Shaka, founder king of the Zulu. The view that his innovations weren't exactly innovations, and what became known as Zulu-tactics, Zulu-type regiments, and Zulu assegais developed independently, with each chiefdom with similar tactics, strategy, weaponry, and military regiments developed from their own heritage more so than Shaka transforming all of KwaZulu-Natal to his standards.

    Heterogenic isn't really a perfect fit as it is more for multiple lines leading into one line, when in this case it is more so similar lines developing separately among similar paths.