Re: CHAT: Vexillology and games (was: Re: Flag of England)
|From:||Roger Mills <romilly@...>|
|Date:||Monday, June 19, 2000, 23:35|
From: Christophe Grandsire <Christophe.Grandsire@...>
To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU <CONLANG@...>
Date: Monday, June 19, 2000 12:46 PM
Subject: CHAT: Vexillology and games (was: Re: Flag of England)
>At 17:32 17/06/00 CDT, you wrote:
>>Oh yeah, and the other day, on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, one of the
>>questions was about the techinical term of the study of flags, which is
>>'vexillology'. The contestant missed that question. At least, it was a hard question (provided by the insurance co.?,
who've been complaining about the amount of money given away). As I recall,
this contestant was quite close to the million, and probably could have
answered one of their normal run of questions.
>Funny, we had the same question on another game in France one week ago. I
>was able to answer by elimination (because I already knew what the other
>two propositions meant), but the three candidates missed it.> Our version gives 4 alternatives; in this case two were easily
eliminated, the fourth was "post-card collecting", and there is a recently
coined latinate/greek word for that.
>And by the way, we in France are finally gonna get "Who Wants to Be a
>Millionaire".> You are so lucky.
It's gonna be called "Qui Veut Gagner des Millions" (pretty
>stupid name I find) and the channel who got it makes a huge commercial
>campaign about it (with images of the program in its different national
>versions). I first want to see how it looks like and if it's not too
>difficult maybe I'll try to attend it .....The only
>difficulty is the first question to choose the candidate. I've never been
>any good at speed questions.> It would be interesting to see a European version, since the level
of general education is supposed to be a bit higher there. It is dismaying
and depressing to witness the abysmal performance of some of the contestants
in the US. (One woman didn't know the $100 question about "Simple Simon met
Sort of like not knowing where the bridge is in, "Sur le pont, sur le
Never mind the most elementary facts about world history, geography, art
etc. They _do_ know 1) TV shows of the last 30 years 2) pop music of the
same period 3) (men only) sports. I confess, those categories would do me
Also, AGEIST and SEXIST. Can't think of anyone clearly over, say, 55; and
where they find those women is beyond me.
Oh well, end of screed. Have to go watch.........R.