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Dec 02, 2011

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Everyday at night I see something like this in these forums:

03-12-2011 01-56-28.gif

I simply can't understand why is it that the Month is in some different language.  My browser and my system is based on UK English but this is really driving me crasy because I tend to look at date/time whenever I post and this doesn't make sense.

The above picture is taken from DW forum.

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What language is this?

Dec 02, 2011

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Everyday at night I see something like this in these forums:

03-12-2011 01-56-28.gif

I simply can't understand why is it that the Month is in some different language.  My browser and my system is based on UK English but this is really driving me crasy because I tend to look at date/time whenever I post and this doesn't make sense.

The above picture is taken from DW forum.

Thanks.

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груд is Russian for piles.  Have no clue what that means in this context, though… 

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Dec 03, 2011

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No, it's Ukrainian language.

"груд" is a short of "грудень" - december in english.

http://translate.google.com/?hl=ru&tab=wT#uk|en|%D0%B3%D1%80%D1%83%D0%B4%D0%B5%D0%BD%D1%8C

I think you have choose it somewhere in the settings by mistake, because Ukrainian often marked as "Uk" (while should be "Ua"), so you may think this is United Kingdom English, while it is not.

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Dec 03, 2011

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Tai, you have disappointed me. I thought you knew almost every language spoken by more than a couple of million people...

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Claudio,

Just like Latin script is used for a multitude of languages from Latin through English, Spanish, German, French, etc., Cyrillic characters are used in a variety of languages, from Russian through Ukrainian to Bulgarian.

All I did is point out that груд means piles in Russian.  There was no implication in my post that such a meaning will cover the word in other languages that use Cyrillic.  December in Russian is декабрь.

I'll gladly take cppasm's word for the Ukrainian meaning of груд. 

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Claudio González wrote:

…I thought you knew almost every language spoken by more than a couple of million people...

Don't be absurd, Claudio, that would be hundreds of languages.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_speakers

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Tai Lao wrote:

Claudio González wrote:

…I thought you knew almost every language spoken by more than a couple of million people...

Don't be absurd, Claudio, that would be hundreds of languages.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_number_of_native_spe akers

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But I though that the indicated clearly that I was just teasing you...

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Perhaps I should have used a sarcasm emoticon myself, Claudio.  I was also jesting. 

Incidentally, the latest language classification now puts Spanish second only to Mandarin in the ranking of languages with the most speakers:

http://web.archive.org/web/19990429232804/www.sil.org/ethnologue/top100.html

Hindi is now in fifth place, behind Mandarin, Spanish, English and Bengali, in that order.

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Latest update from the same site:

http://www.ethnologue.com/ethno_docs/distribution.asp?by=size#3

Table 3. Languages with at least 3 million first-language speakers

1Chinese [zho]China311,213

Chinese, Gan [gan]China120.6

Chinese, Hakka [hak]China1730.0

Chinese, Huizhou [czh]China14.6

Chinese, Jinyu [cjy]China145.0

Chinese, Mandarin [cmn]China20845

Chinese, Min Bei [mnp]China210.3

Chinese, Min Dong [cdo]China79.1

Chinese, Min Nan [nan]China1047.3

Chinese, Min Zhong [czo]China13.1

Chinese, Wu [wuu]China277.2

Chinese, Xiang [hsn]China236.0

Chinese, Yue [yue]China2055.5
2Spanish [spa]Spain44329
3English [eng]United Kingdom112328
4Arabic [ara]Saudi Arabia57221

Arabic, Algerian Spoken [arq]Algeria622.4

Arabic, Egyptian Spoken [arz]Egypt1054.0

Arabic, Gulf Spoken [afb]Iraq103.6

Arabic, Hijazi Spoken [acw]Saudi Arabia26.0

Arabic, Libyan Spoken [ayl]Libya34.3

Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken [acm]Iraq515.1

Arabic, Moroccan Spoken [ary]Morocco1021.0

Arabic, Najdi Spoken [ars]Saudi Arabia710.0

Arabic, North Levantine Spoken [apc]Syria1614.4

Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken [ayp]Iraq46.3

Arabic, Sa'idi Spoken [aec]Egypt119.0

Arabic, Sanaani Spoken [ayn]Yemen17.6

Arabic, South Levantine Spoken [ajp]Jordan96.2

Arabic, Sudanese Spoken [apd]Sudan616.8

Arabic, Ta'izzi-Adeni Spoken [acq]Yemen87.1

Arabic, Tunisian Spoken [aeb]Tunisia59.4
5Hindi [hin]India20182
6Bengali [ben]Bangladesh10181
7Portuguese [por]Portugal37178
8Russian [rus]Russian Federation33144
9Japanese [jpn]Japan25122
10German, Standard [deu]Germany4390.3
11Javanese [jav]Indonesia584.6
12Lahnda [lah]Pakistan878.3

Panjabi, Western [pnb]Pakistan762.6

Seraiki [skr]Pakistan313.8
13Telugu [tel]India1069.8
14Vietnamese [vie]Viet Nam2368.6
15Marathi [mar]India568.1
16French [fra]France6067.8
17Korean [kor]Korea, South3366.3
18Tamil [tam]India1765.7
19Italian [ita]Italy3461.7
20Urdu [urd]Pakistan2360.6
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Dec 03, 2011

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Tai Lao wrote:

груд is Russian for piles.  Have no clue what that means in this context, though… 

Maybe whatever the subject is about is a PIA.

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