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Wile E. Coyote


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Ishmael wrote:
I was thinking about your proposal last night that the 10-month calendar originally began in March. According to this proposal, July and August would always have been part of the Calendar, and it was January and February that were added.

Something interesting happens when we adopt this proposal.
  1. March
  2. April
  3. May
  4. June
  5. July
  6. AUGUST
  7. September
  8. October
  9. November
  10. December
Notice the highlighted placement of the month of August. It is at the mid-point of the year. When the sun reaches its zenith! It is literally when the sun rises to its most august position.

I consider this definitive.


Yes, but it's both July and August.

Caesar and Augustus.
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Seven of the World’s Oldest Language Still Spoken
https://medium.com/lessons-from-history/7-of-the-worlds-oldest-languages-still-spoken-today-cdae8121ad09

Obviously I was drawn to this to find out, knowing what we know, i.e. what we don’t know, but I was still taken aback. This is the list

Basque
Tamil
Aramaic
Chinese
Arabic
Icelandic
Persian


I had to eliminate Chinese and Arabic on the grounds that if they are languages at all, they are modern constructs. I knocked out Tamil on the grounds of ignorance (oh, yes, there are still pockets) and ironically, according to me, Icelandic is the youngest language in the world since it is a spoken form of the alphabetically-constructed language of Old Norse.

But just starting with Basque one can see where the real problems lie. How old is Basque? Nobody knows. So it must be relative. Relative to what? No other languages are related to it so that doesn’t seem a very promising avenue. It's rather the reverse surely: the older the language the more likely it is to have related languages.

All right, what about relative to the other languages around it. Like Spanish. Even if you believe the orthodox version it is not possible to say Basque is older than Spanish since Spanish is supposed to be evolved Latin so where has that got you? You can say Latin is a different language from Spanish but then, since we don’t know the history of Basque, who’s to say that Old Basque is a different language and not as old as Old Spanish i.e. Latin. But then you just run into the oldest-anything problem where evolutionary trees are involved – everything is exactly as old as everything else and it’s just a question of arbitrarily cutting off a portion and saying, that’s different from that.

But as we know – and as this writer and the editors of medium.com and the let’s-count-the-chromosomal-mutations brigade seem not to know – the whole thing’s potty. Doesn't stop them erecting entire academic subjects on it though.
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