OT: Hexagonal (was: Re: Not phonetic but ___???)
|From:||Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, April 15, 2004, 21:14|
En réponse à Mark J. Reed :
Indeed, as Philippe explained in his tongue-in-cheek way, France can be
inserted into a nearly perfect hexagon (at least in maps centered in Europe
or France itself and using Mercator projection or similar). So the term
"Hexagone" has become a common word to refer to France itself and the
adjective "hexagonal" can be used to mean "French".
As for the thing about climates, the point made (and a valid one) is that
France has about the most variety of climates among the European countries.
Why do you think France is one of the developed nation that goes *least* in
holidays to foreign countries? Simple: we have all the environments we want
where we are, despite the fact that France is not a very big country :)) .
You want oceanic climate, we have it. You want mediterranean? We have it
too. Mountain climate? Ditto. Continental climate? Of course. Hey, we even
have places that can be called desertic (and have had our share of high
temperatures in the last years), and "thanks" to global warming we are
slowly welcoming tropical and equatorial climates as well ;))))) . I
wouldn't be surprised if we got monsoons in a few years ;))) . We also have
nearly all the landscapes you can imagine (short of lunar landscapes are
Grand Canyon-like ones ;))) ). And geographically, France is in a key
position in Europe, which explains why it has always played a major role in
Western European History (what did you think, that it was due to the
military or political genius of our leaders? ;))) ).
All in all, it's indeed true that France has a central position in Western
Europe. This fact, due completely to chance, seems to have given to most
French people delusions of grandeur though... Well, there *is* a reason why
I emigrated after all ;))) .
You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.