Words like "zenography", "cronocentric", etc have their prefixes (crono- for Saturn, zeno- for Jupiter, etc.) derived from the Greek name of the god from which the planet's name is derived from, rather than the Roman names. Why? (One weird exception is "cythero-" , the prefix used for Venus)

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    $\begingroup$ tradition, don't question it $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 9 at 23:34
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    $\begingroup$ @Polaris5744 traditions should always be questioned regularly, some traditions are evil, others; stupid. $\endgroup$
    – uhoh
    Commented Jun 10 at 3:40
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    $\begingroup$ There have been a lot of other names given to the planets than what we use today, so there's a lot more to it than just "tradition". You can start with the IAU recommendations on the naming of planets and satellites: iau.org/news/announcements/detail/ann13009 $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 10 at 14:46
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    $\begingroup$ Rome ruled much of the civilized world for centuries and we retain many Latin words. Naming in anatomy and zoology continued using Latin. Modern scientists though give the Greeks the credit for the development of science and philosophy. They prefer using Greek roots for new terms. $\endgroup$
    – eshaya
    Commented Jun 10 at 18:11
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    $\begingroup$ It's probably just by analogy with "geography" and "geocentric", which were already well established by the 17th century. $\endgroup$
    – James K
    Commented Jun 12 at 6:32


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