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[OWL-Guide] error in use of "varietals" Sec 3.1.3.

From: <rex.dwyer@syngenta.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 15:44:02 -0500
Message-ID: <54ADFA61FFFB3547AAA4E53F4C0383ACE43338@usarmsxmb06.NAFTA.SYNGENTA.ORG>
To: <public-webont-comments@w3.org>
In my opinion, the use of the phrase "grape varietals" is erroneous.
The correct term in botanical taxonomy is "variety" (or "cultivar").
"Varietal" is an adjective applicable only to wines; thus, "varietals"
in the plural is an elliptic reference to "varietal wines".  Cabernet
Sauvignon (wine) is a "varietal wine" - made from grapes grown on
Cabernet Sauvignon grapevines, not ablend.  Chianti is a non-varietal
wine made from a flexible blend of grape varieties in a particular
region of Italy. 
I hate to be pedantic, but there's a certain irony in seeing taxonomic
terms abused when the whole focus is about the precise construction of a
taxonomy. 
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