Thursday September 14, 2006
Eris seems like a fitting name for the object that triggered the Great Planet Debate. Do you think it would be appropriate to start Google-bombing its Wikipedia page with the phrase planet Eris? Or would that be sowing too much discord?
[Update: Oh, I just got the joke. Dysnomia is named after the daughter of Eris, but the Greek word dysnomia means 'lawlessness'. How much you want to bet that's a Xena reference?]
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The New York Times article suggests so:
The moon is now officially named Dysnomia, after Eris’ daughter, a demon spirit of lawlessness. That name is also, in part, a nod to Xena fans. Xena was played by Lucy Lawless.
And see Language Log.
Per Bad Astronomy, the official word from the namers is that Dysnomia was one of several names suggested, and when they discovered that it meant 'lawlessness' as well, it was a shoe-in.
So, it wasn't intentional, but they knew about it when they made the decision.
Posted by: Xanthir, FCD at Oct 2, 2006 4:43:51 PM