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Topic: 11-gon
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John Conway

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Re: 11-gon
Posted: Oct 31, 1994 8:54 PM
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It depends how commonly the name is used.

Yes, of course I write "Prague", "Warsaw", "Copenhagen"

and might well write "Florence" too.

But one hardly ever sees "Hannover" or "Hanover" when one's
not in Germany, so the "do as the Romans" rule can safely take over.

I think I'd say the same for "Cologne/Koln" too, although if I were
writing in French I'd probably write "Cologne".

My own preference, like yours, is for the local name; and I
think we can manage it with only a few exceptions - perhaps the
first and second towns in the major European countries.

Of course there are problems when two distinct languages are
spoken in the same place - Turku/Abo is one of my favorite
examples.

I find the home forms are becoming more and more popular
with the years -

nobody EVER says "Leghorn" nowadays, and "Naples"
and "Florence" are becoming less and less common.

"Rome", "Turin", "Milan" can be regarded as just
the uninflected forms of "Roma", "Turino", "Milano"

I've just seen that I've used "reply" for this, so it
is going to many more people than M. Keyton. Sorry!!!!!

John Conway





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