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The Fallacy of the Lonely Fact

I know most of you come here for the languages, but as long as I keep witnessing these displays of egotistical ignorance, the illustrations will keep rolling.

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In logic and reasoning, the fallacy of proof by example or fallacy of the lonely fact is a conclusive statement about a given phenomenon based on one single supporting case 1.

Interestingly enough, these statements mostly come from white expats living in Europe. Yes, you are abroad. No, the fact that you haven’t experienced discrimination based on your nationality, cultural background or appearance does not mean that xenophobia and racism don’t exist. Once again, check your privilege.

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Schwyzdüütsch a.k.a. Swiss German

If you are into languages, you are probably familiar with those conversations with your multilingual friends: you take arbitrary elements from the languages you both speak, and randomly squeeze them together into sentences. That is any regular Monday for the Swiss. Schwyzdüütsch, a.k.a. Swiss German is a colorful amalgamation of German, French and Italian.

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Fun Finnish Words

Languages abound in peculiar compound words, and one particular language has a handful of them. Today we are taking a look at some fun Finnish words. Aloitetaan!

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Lohikäärme (lit. salmon snake) is a dragon.
Fun fauna at its finest.

 

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Jääkaappi (lit. ice closet) is a fridge.
It’s only logical.

 

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Pesusieni (lit. wash fungus) is a sponge.
Showers just became much more fun!

 

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Kattokruunu (lit. ceiling crown) is a chandelier.
Because homes also want to be pretty.

 

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I saved my favorite for last. Tietokone (lit. knowledge machine) is a computer.
Bleepity bloopity bloop!

 

That’s it for today. If you enjoyed this article, check out Untranslatable Finnish Words and Poronkusema and the Finnish Linguistic Landscape. Näkemiin!

1.5 Meters Explained

Dear fellow German citizens,

Seeing as many of you are having trouble understanding basic units of measurement, here’s a visual aid that I made with love explaining what 1.5 meters look like in terms that you’ll all understand. : )

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If you think your country could also use a “1.5 Meters Explained” illustration, let me know and I’ll get to it!