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(2016 May 24 19:59)Osweo Wrote:  
(2016 May 24 19:06)Hrabia Wrote:  Bellamy's salute, who created it at the end of 19th century
Seems hard to believe that Mussolini and Prima de Rivera would have adopted it in that case, though not impossible, I suppose.

Necromancing: as I understand it, the "Roman salute" was invented in theatre and the arts in depictions of ancient Rome. It was then adopted by proto-fascists like D'Annunzio and then by the actual fascists. The Bellamy salute also seems to trace it's origin to the theatre. I also recall hearing that Croatian nationalist used it already in the 19th century?

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The Roman Salute. Cinema, History, Ideology by Martin M. Winkler

https://kb.osu.edu/dspace/bitstream/hand...ook4CD.pdf

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Queen Elizabeth II is [a/the?] monarch of the Great Britain.

What [an?] interesting news!

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(2017 Dec 28 21:15)W. R. Wrote:  Queen Elizabeth II is [a/the?] monarch of the Great Britain.

What [an?] interesting news!

Queen Elizabeth II is THE monarch of _____ (!) Great Britain (unfortunately).

What _____ interesting news!

Don't forget the ZERO ARTICLE option! News is always plural anyway.

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How come there are two ways to spell Weissruthenien/Weißruthenien? Is there no difference?

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According to current grammar rules, you always use "ß" for a mute "s" that follows a diphthong (ei, au etc.). So, presently Weißruthenien would always be correct. Apparently, the colour "white" used to be written as "weiss" according to some old spelling rules. I can't tell you when the change occured.

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I am interested in the culture of using thesauri. It seems to be something common in the Anglosphere, is it not? Does this culture exist outside the Anglosphere? Is it advised to use thesauri to enhance your writings? Is it normal?

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(2018 Jun 10 22:22)W. R. Wrote:  thesauri
I don't recall ever seeing one in Russia. Do they exist? Nor have I seen one in Spain.

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(2018 Jun 13 21:32)Osweo Wrote:  I don't recall ever seeing one in Russia. Do they exist? Nor have I seen one in Spain.

I own a dictionary of synonyms. There are extended dictionaries, that also include antonyms, homonyms, paronyms etc. But I can’t know whether such dictionaries can be called “thesauri” because I have never held an English one in my hands, so I can’t compare.

I used an electronic dictionary of synonyms when I needed to find a way to get rid of lexical repetitions in texts. Sometimes it helped, sometimes it did not.

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(2018 Jun 17 18:38)W. R. Wrote:  a dictionary of synonyms
More or less the same things, though a thesaurus can employ some interesting ways of grouping words and ideas. Largely obsolete in the Internet age, though I still have one here on my desk.

I came to ask about this, really:
Асецішча трансліт.: Asiecišča, руск.: Осетище
An old settlement of Ossets in the White Ruthene?! Tongue What's the name about?

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