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Dec
17
comment What did English people really say when knighting someone?
@DavidRicherby well they kind of don't. It is just an honourary title now, in the past it actually meant something.
Dec
16
comment What did English people really say when knighting someone?
@DavidRicherby they don't say the same thing now though!
Dec
16
comment What did English people really say when knighting someone?
@Rathony the church was latin, the norman aristocracy spoke french
Dec
16
comment What did English people really say when knighting someone?
@DavidRicherby Which English? Saxons, Normans, Romans etc. If you realise the history of when these practices started to take place, it was never in English.
Sep
7
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Sep
7
comment When did the hypocrisy to call a dictatorship “free, democratic, republic etc.” start?
It is generally because they have replaced an aristoracy or dictatorship and were supposed to be something better rather than pure PR. Power corrupts.
Aug
12
comment Why was there lack of food during WW2 in the UK?
@Schwern while they were not rationed, fuel was in limited supply and cities had no agricultural space for local gardening so for the majority even vegetables were not as abundantly available as people are suggesting.
Aug
11
comment Why was there lack of food during WW2 in the UK?
@Andrew enough not to starve but not a prolonged healthy diet, lacking in many vitamins. Many people from that generation have longterm health problems and notably shorter than the generations either side.
Aug
11
comment Why was there lack of food during WW2 in the UK?
I'm afraid i think this answer jumps to wrong conclusions without thorough research. I can tell you from first hand accounts that food in general WAS in short supply and especially meats very tightly rationed. Claims that it was healthier seem ludicrous when they also lacked fresh fruit and veg.
Mar
19
comment Gender Color Association: When did boys become blue and girls pink?
@T.E.D. That is a myth. Homer was a poet, of course he likened the colour of things to other objects, it doesn't mean that they were colourblind! The people in your link were jumping to the wrong conclusions. It is only the word blue that is new, in greek and roman it was cyan. And in greek art the sky is background colour ie. transparent while the sea is blue, if anything that shows their enlightened understanding, over other civilisations, that the sky is made of air.
Mar
19
comment Gender Color Association: When did boys become blue and girls pink?
@T.E.D. i think you'll find the sky was blue before recent times.
Mar
19
comment When did challenging to a duel cease to be a practice in English culture?
Although hang around a bar and you'll still see guys fighting over a women. :)
Jan
6
comment Did a capital ship ever hit anything with a torpedo?
One point which hasn't been covered yet. Did that armament work as a deterrent preventing tactics that otherwise might have been used by the enemy. eg. preventing smaller ships with less range on their guns coming in closer and/or using torpedos.
Jan
1
comment What's the historical origin of drinking champagne on New Year's Eve?
key point here is that champagne is drunk at any special occasion, not NYE in particular.
Sep
24
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Mar
21
comment Why were the people from the Southeast in the US so different from the rest of the US?
Why are the east and west coast so different and divided? The answer to both is that this is merely a perception and real differences don't fit so neatly into regions.