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Nov
14
comment In a Nazi concentration, labor, or death camp, what was a “'sale' Appel”?
@knut - Yiddish is High (aka Southern) German itself, so the two are related.
Nov
13
comment In a Nazi concentration, labor, or death camp, what was a “'sale' Appel”?
Agreeing with @Semaphore. It might be Yiddish. 2 or three sentences with it in context (or better yet, a link to the audio if its available online) would be hugely helpful.
Nov
13
comment Why were rockets not popular as part of artillery until 20th century?
@rotard - You may want to reread things. I didn't touch the quote (and wouldn't, for roughly the reason you outline).
Nov
12
comment What degree of choice did slaves have over their sexual autonomy?
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comment How did Lincoln legitimize the constitutionality of his Emancipation Proclamation?
@LateralFractal - That's why I said "it has often been remarked". This is one of those situations where you have to pick your level of detail. Most folks think the EP freed all the (4 millionish) slaves. A more accurate view is that is was a positional announcement that didn't free any of them. An even more accurate view is that it probably freed somewhere in the 10's of thousands that happened to be somewhere both covered and under Union control. I dislike answers longer than 4 paragraphs or so, which is why I went at the level I did.
Nov
12
comment Why were rockets not popular as part of artillery until 20th century?
While its OK as a period quote, I don't think using "savages" in modern prose is appropriate. I'm not real satisfied with the euphamisim I picked to replace it with though ("less sophisticated forces"), so if someone has a better phrasing I'd like to see it.
Nov
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answered How did Lincoln legitimize the constitutionality of his Emancipation Proclamation?
Nov
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revised Is there any evidence of post-landbridge travel across the Bering Strait?
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Nov
7
comment Natural born citizen
@user102008 - Got a link to a court case to back that assertion up with?
Nov
5
comment Did the University of California and University of Geneva award honorary degrees to Inazo Nitobe?
I'd suggest trying to get hold of that dissertation I linked then. It's quite possible he mentioned it in the opening remarks of the speech at the college that did it. At worst, that should get you the names of the exact colleges he gave the speeches at.
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answered Did the University of California and University of Geneva award honorary degrees to Inazo Nitobe?
Nov
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revised How come every culture on the Planet has a different calendar, yet follow the same system for a week?
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Oct
31
comment Which side of the Atlantic does the jack-o'-lantern come from?
@Oreotrephes - Does it? I didn't see anything about gourd carving in there; just the term being applied to the natural swamp gas phenomenon.
Oct
31
comment Which side of the Atlantic does the jack-o'-lantern come from?
@Semaphore - Just to clarify, the author (Washington Irving) was physically in England, and trying to pay the bills with English readers, but he was born and raised American. So he wasn't exactly unfamiliar with the country either.
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