Are we back to "John" and "Michael" company/product names again, or is the "Aidan" and "Teagan" phase still going strong?
Exotic product names in the U.S., however, must somehow be Anglicized to make them easy for American consumers to pronounce and remember. Flickr and Tumblr are okay, despite the missing vowel, because everyone knows how to read them. Mazda was smart enough to bastardize their founder's name (Matsuda) before trying to sell cars in America. But good luck if your company is named Xaro Xhoan Daxos!
Besides the issue of whether or not the findings fit all of humanity rather than just people in some cultures, there is also the issue of whether the findings are even true. A lot of psychologists are discovering that many reported findings on human psychology are not from studies with adequate statistical power to show that the findings are genuine. The more astute psychologists, such as Uri Simonsohn at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business,
are alert now about applying statistical tests to published findings to find out if the findings are really likely given the described experimental conditions, or are the result of "p-hacking" or undisclosed flexibility in data collection and analysis or other researcher behavior that obscures truth-finding.
The author of this brief article has a book coming out, and "is an assistant professor of marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, with an affiliated appointment in the N.Y.U. psychology department." I wonder what he thinks of the work of Simonsohn and Simonsohn's colleagues about testing research findings that make it into the business journals to find out whether or not the findings are even true or generalizable to other cultures.
Jews believe Hebrew is a Holy Language (loshn-koydesh). All the names of characters in the Old Testament describe their role in the story. For instance, my name, ‘shmu-el’ (Samuel) is short for ‘shma Elokim’, which means ’listening to the Word of G-d’. The Biblical character Samuel was a prophet, hence the name.
Sikhs also believe that their language, Gurmukhi, is a sacred language. It is believed that uttering sounds in a certain order, and repeating those, has an effect on your consciousness. This is called Nada Yoga. A Sikh name is chosen using vedic astrology, and it is descriptive of the challenges you’ll face in your life. Listening to your name and repeating it often is said to help you in realizing your destiny.
So I suppose that's why a "glorious day" evokes beaming sun.
Related: Voilá! In view a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicareously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valerous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to venquish these venal and virulent vermin venguarding vice and vouchsafing the violent, vicious and foracious violation of volition! The only virdict is vengance. A vendetta, held as votive not in vain but for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and virtuous. Yet verily this vichessoice of verbiage veers most verbose. So let me simply add that it is my very great honor to meet you, and you may call me, V. // Only know it from hearing, I probably misspelled half the words.
“Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.”
Counter-examples are St. Louis and (I think) Minneapolis.
What about in other climates/non-western cities? Does north/south apply in Sydney? Beijing?
Yes, Minneapolis is a correct counterexample. What matters most for house prices in the Twin Cities is nearness to lakes. North Minneapolis has few lakes, the highest crime rate in the city (with a murder rate far higher than, for example, New York City), and blighted public schools. Southwest Minneapolis (same municipal government and same public school district) is a desirable neighborhood near lakes with a lot of high-income residents and a high school that is a feeder school to the Ivy League.
Some would dispute that there exists a similarly diverse taxonomy of ways to classify snow in English, but I'd argue those rules are looser and more subject to interpretation.
Either way, it's really interesting to learn the ways in which the constructs of our language define the way we see the world. Another example of language influencing thought is the way gender assignments of words affect perceptions of their characteristics as masculine, feminine, or neutral.
I live in the Netherlands, where it rains most of the year. According your logic, one would expect for the Dutch language to have countless words for rain. Instead, it has just a few, and less than a desert language like Arabic.
It is interesting, however, if you entertain the fact that because there exists a separate word for different types of snow, you may perceive it as a separate entity entirely from another kind of snow rather than a just "snow" with a different modifier out in front.
OK, tl;dr - naming things can change how you think about them.
Oh, and in case you're interested, "War and Peace" is about Russia.
Author of War and Peace was very frustrated about size of that book :)
I doubt that's true. I seem to recall that Tolstoy had his wife copy it 9 times by hand as he rewrote it.
Also, "wall of text", meaning "something that might take an effort to read", is not considered bad on HN, though verbosity (which is not the same thing) is.
Also, the phrases "wall of text" and "TL;DR" are Redditisms that most people here try to keep HN clear of. Other invasive species from Reddit include: addressing people as "sir" in comments; introducing something (usually something distracting) with "obligatory"; and others I can't remember right now.
There used to be a sign as you crossed the Alberta-BC border asking people to be careful about inadvertently bringing pine beetles from one province into the other. I feel like we should have one of those.
In Wikipedia: "6 декабря 1908 года Толстой записал в дневнике: «Люди любят меня за те пустяки — „Война и мир“ и т. п., которые им кажутся очень важными»".
In English: (google translate)
December 6, 1908, Tolstoy wrote in his diary: "People love me for the trivia -" War and Peace "and the like, which they seem to be very important".
I don't read Reddit at all, so I don't care about their Redditisms.
Also, please don't use inflammatory language on HN. "Calls me a liar" is about the most inflammatory way you could put that. My comment was hardly about you, and "lie" implies something evil, which is way over the top. I'm merely saying that one of your points was mistaken.
Is there a word for the opposite of inflammatory language? That's what we're trying to do on HN, even at the cost—this took me years to figure out—of being a little more boring.
Well, usually you put the main idea of a text in its title.