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#15 - A principality's head of state is a prince. So Wale's head of …  [+] (5 replies) 09/18/2013 on Interesting facts n shit 4 0
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#122 - Gandalfthewhite (09/18/2013) [-]
so would that prince be a ruler in his own right? because i know the old prince of wales answered to the king of England (being his son and all) so are all principalities ruled by the heir to another country?
#143 - baconfattie (09/18/2013) [-]
Andorra is a principality. You could check that out
#129 - riposter (09/18/2013) [-]
Well technically I think all the countries in the UK have the same ruler so they are a Single Nation, I'm not british so I'm not sure. On the other hand, the principalities of Monaco, Liechtenstein and Andorra ARE independant.
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#131 - Gandalfthewhite (09/18/2013) [-]
ah ok you two have explained it perfectly. but why don't they just make themselves king instead of prince?
#177 - riposter (09/19/2013) [-]
Well I think it has something to do with thesef factors.
-The size of the country. The ones I mentioned are really tiny, more like city-states of ancient times.
-Royalty rules, of some sort. I mean, in medieval times it was not possible to simply name yourself of a higher rank, It happened on counted occasions only, like prussia. Most other dukes-princes-counts, if independent, could only get the title of King by recognition of the pope, and the Holy Roman Emperor if they were catholic and part of the Empire. That's why the prussian duke declared himself King, he was protestant, and it did not go without rustling the Emperor's jimmies, but they had the power to back their claim.
So most states simply stuck with their titles all the way to modern times, it kinda goes against the "implicit rules" to change it , though I think no one would care today, perhaps a newspaper headline and no more.
#10 - A lot of the words used in American English that are not used …  [+] (6 replies) 09/09/2013 on English +10
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#18 - chryssis (09/09/2013) [-]
American English also adopted words from other langauges, for example 'Cookie' comes from the dutch word koekje. Thats why England says biscuit instead.
#37 - dontknowmeatall (09/10/2013) [-]
I'm studying six languages and I've realized most English words with more than two syllabes come from either French or Latin.
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#135 - TidusSloan (09/10/2013) [-]
thats because english is mostly just old french from the norman invasion or 1066
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#516 - ecalycptus (10/19/2013) [-]
Lol no
#101 - anon (09/10/2013) [-]
Don't forget German
#25 - Jowi (09/09/2013) [-]
Oh yeah because biscuit is an English word.....
#142 - These comments are hogswash. War of 1812 was a cross between …  [+] (3 replies) 08/23/2013 on Outstanding Individuals +5
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#154 - snowshark (08/23/2013) [-]
I would only support Scottish independence if the country was actually going to do something with it. Honestly from the looks of things at the moment bonny old Scotland will end up just like Ireland.

If Scotland's not going to hand the UK it's arse in spectacular fashion then I don't see the benefit to either side of this whole mess.
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#198 - Mumford (08/23/2013) [-]
I agree with you. I think it comes down to some stupid nationalism. I mean I'm Scottish but even then I don't get why we'd throw away the last 400 years of British pride just so our country can basically go bankrupt. I know myself that I will leave Scotland if it decides to go independant
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