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gruff5
1184082.  Sun Mar 27, 2016 6:05 pm Reply with quote

9 = 45

is the new maths, according to the bold claim on the carton of an LED bulb in my local shop (9 Watts = 45 Watts)

 
14-11-2014
1185141.  Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:55 pm Reply with quote

The Republic of the Seven United Netherlands united eight Netherlands.
Wikipedia wrote:
In fact, there was an eighth province, the County of Drenthe, but this area was so poor it was exempt from paying federal taxes and as a consequence was denied representation in the States General.

 
Alexander Howard
1185161.  Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:01 am Reply with quote

CharliesDragon wrote:
Speaking of Germanic Norwegian, though, a "berg" can be a hill/mountain, but I'd define it more often as an outcrop, or even just a large piece of rock. Generally more like an ice-berg, just in stone.


Modern Germanic languages, English included, are too restrictive. In Old English you could say beorg, dun, hlaw, hliş, clud amongst others and the Norse fell came in too (all still found in the names of hills today).

'Iceberg' seems to be a modern derivation (German, Dutch?) though they have been known since time immemorial. In all the canon of Old English writing an iceberg is mentioned just once, but it is the subject of a riddle so the actual word for it does not appear.

 

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