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History questions not worth their own thread III

Discussion in 'World History' started by Plotinus, Jan 31, 2011.

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  1. Dachs

    Dachs Intelligence Officer

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    You're saying that as though many contractions aren't misspellings. Like this one.
     
  2. Tee Kay

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    It's not even a proper contraction.
     
  3. Traitorfish

    Traitorfish The Tighnahulish Kid

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    I know that. My point is that most English-speakers don't.
     
  4. Agent327

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    Oh dear.

    That´d be Taiwan then. ;)

    Darn those small countries... :mischief:

    Contraction is a form of misspelling. But De Valera, deValera, Devalera (what-have-you) are just the simplest of contractions, as only the space gets taken away.
     
  5. Tee Kay

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    Contractions that only omits a space isn't really a contraction, simple or otherwise.
     
  6. Agent327

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    Right...
     
  7. Louis XXIV

    Louis XXIV Le Roi Soleil

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    To be fair, I don't think you can take historically established names into consideration. The English-speaking world referred to France as France before it even was a Republic.

    However, it is a valid question to ask why they don't call it the Slovak Republic, for example (or some other recent country if there's a reason why that example doesn't work).
     
  8. aronnax

    aronnax Let your spirit be free

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    I would love to call the Czech Republic, 'Czechia'. It's more uniform.
    However, it's a little hard when few people understand 'Czechia' the first time round and the the Czechs themselves have settled on 'Czech Republic' as their official English representation.

    Spoiler :

     
  9. Eran of Arcadia

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  10. Ergo Sum

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    Completely missing the point of my question...

    So are you suggesting that our amnesia over the 'proper' informal name of Czech Republic is due to its political history? It does make sense that people's sense of popular geography is related to countries deemed politically relevant/independent, so to speak. Since Czechia's only been known as a part of the Habsburg monarchy or Czechoslovakia for the past 500 years this logic does have some appeal.
     
  11. Louis XXIV

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    Yeah, I think that's a part of it. Also, when part of the Austrian Empire, the area was mostly referred to as Bohemia and Moravia, so, even as a region, we wouldn't have called it Czechia. Granted, that doesn't mean we couldn't have after Czechoslovakia split, just that it's an entirely different situation compared to long-established regions in English.
     
  12. Agent327

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    Indeed. But you are misquoting, as I was quoting here myself...
     
  13. civ_king

    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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    What caused the huge shift in mannerism in England between the 17th and 18th century? Men went from expressive and emotional, to well, England
     
  14. Plotinus

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    In what sense were men in the England of Laurence Sterne not "expressive and emotional"?
     
  15. ParkCungHee

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    On the other end, the English certainly prided themselves on their restrained and limited emotions during the 17th, and even 16th centuries.
     
  16. civ_king

    civ_king Deus Caritas Est

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    Is there something comparable to Shakespeare's sonnets?
    I've seen more restraint and limited emotions in schoolgirls
     
  17. Cheezy the Wiz

    Cheezy the Wiz Socialist In A Hurry

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    When did Gollum become a Czech diplomat?
     
  18. Heretic_Cata

    Heretic_Cata We're gonna live forever

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    ^
    girlyman hands

    /arnold voice
     
  19. Bowsling

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    A better question is why he needs three different glasses of water.
     
  20. west india man

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    I've seen that the Mughal Empire is formable for the Timurids in EU3, so I was wondering (apart from Babur's ancestry), what was the relation between the Mughal Empire and the Timurid Empire?
     
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