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This page has been vandalized, but I do not know how to fix it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 18:11, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
Where is the vandalism? The changes in the last few months all look reasonable at first glance. If you can describe the problem perhaps someone can help? Thanks! ErikHaugen (talk | contribs) 18:23, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
I have a reasonable, almost self-evident, explanation for the name Grampus, but I do not have a secondary reference that makes this connection explicitly. To me, the name Grampus sure sounds similar to the wild horned creature of alpine mythology, Krampus. Furthermore, the cetacean is also a rather aggressive animal with prominent tusks, metaphorically, horns. To add to this idea, Grampus is listed by various Internet sources (even here on Wikipedia!) as an alternate spelling of Krampus. (That is the self-evident part of the etymology--the words are the same.) The one last connection, I feel, is that the author of Grampus is Georges Cuvier, and he was from Montbéliard, a town right on the Swiss border, which only became part of France after his birth. Perhaps Cuvier was familiar with the mythological Krampus/Grampus from his alpine birthplace. The etymologies one reads, as from The American Heritage Dictionary and the Online Etymology Dictionary seem downright implausible, deriving it from something like French graundepose. But how to indicate this in the article without it being "original research"? The thing that surprises me, too, is that nobody seems to have made this connection previously. But maybe the idea is wrong. It is not clear to me if Grampus was a French word Cuvier adopted, or his own coinage, for instance. If the latter, my theory makes sense, if the former, not as much. Some serious research in Cuvier's writings might help. Any comments? Cotinis (talk) 03:13, 6 December 2013 (UTC)