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Re: OT: Another English language peculiarity.
Reply #20 - Jun 10th, 2018 at 5:11pm
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Limey. wrote on Jun 10th, 2018 at 2:50pm:
Correct.


Like Idaho and The USA are the same thing.


Incidentally, it's really bad that the UK seems to breaking Into parts.  Is Scotland going to go eventually?  Doesn't Wales have an independence movement?   Here's one think that happens when you get a smaller and smaller population.  The US has a big navy.  It's all about money.  If you have a lot of people to tax, you can have a bigger navy.  Lots of things like that.  Instead of splitting up, the UK should consider forming a unified country with other countries.  Maybe the Netherlands?  Denmark? Norway?
  
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Reply #21 - Jun 10th, 2018 at 5:14pm
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patrick2 wrote on Jun 10th, 2018 at 5:11pm:
Incidentally, it's really bad that the UK seems to breaking Into parts.  Is Scotland going to go eventually?  Doesn't Wales have an independence movement?   Here's one think that happens when you get a smaller and smaller population.  The US has a big navy.  It's all about money.  If you have a lot of people to tax, you can have a bigger navy.  Lots of things like that.  Instead of splitting up, the UK should consider forming a unified country with other countries.  Maybe the Netherlands?  Denmark? Norway?


Or maybe the European Union?
  

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Re: OT: Another English language peculiarity.
Reply #22 - Jun 10th, 2018 at 5:17pm
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EF wrote on Jun 10th, 2018 at 5:14pm:
Or maybe the European Union?


Run by a pack of asshole bureaucrats in Brussels?  Uhhhhh nooooooooooooooo
  
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Re: OT: Another English language peculiarity.
Reply #23 - Jun 10th, 2018 at 6:58pm
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patrick2 wrote on Jun 10th, 2018 at 5:11pm:
Incidentally, it's really bad that the UK seems to breaking Into parts.  Is Scotland going to go eventually?  Doesn't Wales have an independence movement?   Here's one think that happens when you get a smaller and smaller population.  The US has a big navy.  It's all about money.  If you have a lot of people to tax, you can have a bigger navy.  Lots of things like that.  Instead of splitting up, the UK should consider forming a unified country with other countries.  Maybe the Netherlands?  Denmark? Norway?



Our population is growing.


The separatist movements have been emboldened by two catastrophically misjudged pieces of party politics. The Conservative party always says it puts nation first.


If it ever did, it does no longer.
  

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Re: OT: Another English language peculiarity.
Reply #24 - Jun 10th, 2018 at 7:04pm
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EF wrote on Jun 10th, 2018 at 8:46am:
Ah reckon the feller what names a inanimate object kin change it iffen he likes, and others is free to use the first 'un iffen they got a mind to.

(I used to wonder a little about that, too, but never enough to look it up.  Your post inspired me to do so, also educating me about alumnium being the preferred spelling among scientists.)


Perhaps you need to check on how to correctly spell the preferred word.    No one prefers
"alumnium".   Grin
  
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Reply #25 - Jun 10th, 2018 at 7:06pm
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crepe05 wrote on Jun 10th, 2018 at 7:04pm:
Perhaps you need to check on how to correctly spell the preferred word.    No one prefers
"alumnium".   Grin


Perhaps you need to do more research:

http://grammarist.com/spelling/aluminium-aluminum/

"Aluminium has the edge in scientific writing even in North America. This is primarily because several influential scientific organizations and publications prefer the spelling."

Grinyour own self
  

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Reply #26 - Jun 10th, 2018 at 10:39pm
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EF wrote on Jun 10th, 2018 at 7:06pm:
Perhaps you need to do more research:

http://grammarist.com/spelling/aluminium-aluminum/

"Aluminium has the edge in scientific writing even in North America. This is primarily because several influential scientific organizations and publications prefer the spelling."

Grinyour own self



You said "alumnium ", dumb ass.  Grin
  
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Re: OT: Another English language peculiarity.
Reply #27 - Jun 11th, 2018 at 8:18pm
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One of the unusual things about English is that there is no English Language Authority setting the approved, universal standards for English writing.  As such, every English-speaking society is free to develop or adopt whatever spelling rules it likes.  There are minor differences between British and American spelling (gaol/jail is the weirdest), and other English-speaking countries tend to adopt a mix of British and American spellings.  Canada spells the tire as "tyre", like the British, but the jail as "jail", like Americans.

Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your perspective, it is basically impossible to reform English spelling internationally.  It's also not really possible for any English-speaking society to develop a more rational spelling system.  If Jamaica decided to adopt a phonetic spelling of English based on the prestige accent of English speakers in Kingston, it would look so unlike either British or American English that it would make international communication difficult.  We're stuck with our crappy spelling systems as they are.
  

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Re: OT: Another English language peculiarity.
Reply #28 - Jun 11th, 2018 at 11:38pm
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patrick2 wrote on Jun 10th, 2018 at 5:11pm:
Incidentally, it's really bad that the UK seems to breaking Into parts.  Is Scotland going to go eventually?


Almost certainly.  Scotland is moving to the left, England to the right.  However, because England has 10 times Scotland's population, a left-leaning Scotland will always be swamped electorally by a right-leaning England.  Sooner or later, that means divorce.

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Doesn't Wales have an independence movement?


No.  North Wales and South Wales have a pretty serious rivalry, and each tends to have deeper economic connections to the respective adjacent parts of England than to each other.  However, if Wales ever wins the Rugby World Cup, all bets are off.

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Here's one think that happens when you get a smaller and smaller population.  The US has a big navy.  It's all about money.  If you have a lot of people to tax, you can have a bigger navy.  Lots of things like that.


Iceland has 300,000 people, they almost all live in the Reykjavik metropolitan capital region, and they have an enormously high living standard if you factor out eating  fermented shark and sheep organs.  Scotland has 18 times Iceland's population; it would be fine.

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Instead of splitting up, the UK should consider forming a unified country with other countries.  Maybe the Netherlands?  Denmark? Norway?


Indeed, they could form a federation of nations across the continent.  Why, you could call it something fancy like the United States of Europe, or even just the European Union.
  

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Re: OT: Another English language peculiarity.
Reply #29 - Jun 12th, 2018 at 2:19am
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Running Deer wrote on Jun 11th, 2018 at 11:38pm:
Almost certainly.  Scotland is moving to the left, England to the right.  However, because England has 10 times Scotland's population, a left-leaning Scotland will always be swamped electorally by a right-leaning England.  Sooner or later, that means divorce.


No.  North Wales and South Wales have a pretty serious rivalry, and each tends to have deeper economic connections to the respective adjacent parts of England than to each other.  However, if Wales ever wins the Rugby World Cup, all bets are off.


Iceland has 300,000 people, they almost all live in the Reykjavik metropolitan capital region, and they have an enormously high living standard if you factor out eating  fermented shark and sheep organs.  Scotland has 18 times Iceland's population; it would be fine.


Indeed, they could form a federation of nations across the continent.  Why, you could call it something fancy like the United States of Europe, or even just the European Union.


But, wherever would these people go?



  

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