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Sep
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comment What is wrong in “Please don't pluck the flowers” and other phrases used in the Indian subcontinent?
Please don't 'pluck' the flowers really looks like a literal translation from Dutch, where 'plukken' is the logical verb in this context.
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revised How do you remember the difference between a “stalactite” and a “stalagmite”?
oops - error; edited body
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answered How do you remember the difference between a “stalactite” and a “stalagmite”?
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comment Why do eleven and twelve get unique words and not end in “-teen”?
And certainly in time the base-12 counting system holds well: 5x12 seconds, 5x12 minutes, 2x12 hours. Fractions have almost only been expressed in sexagesimal notations up to the 18th century.