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Afternoon, I was wondering if we could re-introduce Luxembourg as an article, that you as admin had deleted. One thing that would be fun about the country is as a linguist it does a mind-blowing way of confusing the hell out of non-locals.
- Luxembourg is a noted multilingual nation with two official languages French and German and one national language Luxembourgish. Luxembourgish is a Germanic language that is a close to German as Norwegian is from Swedish. It is unusual is that the multilingualism is based on function rather than community. For example, Luxembourgish is not usually a formal language and is mostly used in conversational contexts, with French used for administrative situations and German for legal situations.
- A classic example of the linguistic pot is say driving down a street and the road signs are written in French. You get stopped by the police and the officer speaks to you in Luxemburgish, saying that you are caught speeding, and then asks for your driving licence which is written in French. He then takes you down to the station, where he interviews you in Luxemburgish, but he writes down the paperwork in German. It then goes to court and court is administered in case in German, however,the civil code the judge is referring to is in French!
- With all this, you would presume Luxemburgers are a bunch of swots; but no according to the international educational tests they come in the middle, below that of many other nearby nations including Germany.
- While it does sound fun, how does it fit with the site mission? I think that's why the original was deleted. RoninMacbeth (talk) 19:45, 25 July 2018 (UTC)
Flying Carpet Fallacy
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Shape of the Earth
Not sure if I told you this. But according to a book on the history of mathematics I am reading,
our god Sir Isaac Newton himself calculated that the Earth must be an oblate spheroid, or a sphere flattened at the poles. People were able to verify this by deducing the local strength of gravity by measuring the period of a pendulum along a meridian. The philosopher Voltaire told Jacques Cassini, the astronomer responsible for one of the expeditions, "You learned in some desolate place what Newton knew without leaving his place." Nerd (talk) 03:41, 25 November 2018 (UTC)