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Day: September 13, 2016
Why do English-speaking people often have strange first names?
The respondents so far have not given a satisfactory answer. How’s it feel when your culture is exoticised, eh? I share Anon’s attitude towards Anglo nomenclature. Let’s try to unpack it. Traditional societies have traditional approaches to naming people. If you’re a Roman, there’s only a dozen praenomina, some clan names, and a nickname cognomen […]
Why are Australians hostile towards anything American?
Fear. An entirely intelligible response to a hegemonic culture with substantial overlap with your own: fear that your culture will be assimilated into the hegemon, that the country will become unrecognisable to you, that the virtues you are familiar with and have come to cherish will be eroded. That you will cease being you, and […]
What is the first image when you Google your name?
Nick Nicholas. You wouldn’t think it’d be that popular a name, right? And yet, I’m the SIXTH Nick Nicholas here: Nick Nicholas’ answer to Are you the first to have registered with your name or did a homonym or namealike register before you? The Nick Nicholas’s that do show up change; there was a jazz […]
What are the best things about Islam even non-Muslims admire?
Can’t find a clip, annoyingly. Bob Maguire: as Reddit r/atheism has put it, Father Bob Maguire a Catholic priest that an atheist could admire. Social campaigner, cantankerous and way cool old timer, beloved of notoriously irreligious Australians, does a lot of TV and radio sparring with atheist comedian John Safran. Recently, he was on TV, […]