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Final consonant doubling in English
As you surely know, the final consonant of some verbs gets doubled when the suffix -ing or -ed is added, e.g. stop: stopping, (...)
October 9, 2018 – Jakub MarianEnglish
lemon in European languages
“Lemon” in European languages
The English word “lemon” comes from Old French limon, which comes from Arabic laymūn or Ottoman Turkish limon, which in turn comes from (...)
October 8, 2018 – Jakub MarianMaps
Europe Ortelius 1572
1572 map of Europe by Abraham Ortelius
The map below is a 1572 copy of a map of Europe created by Abraham Ortelius in 1571. I have digitally restored and remastered the map to (...)
October 4, 2018 – Jakub MarianMaps
I love you in European languages
“I love you” in European languages
Did you know that “I love you!” is more commonly used in English than “Good morning!”? (I can prove it!). It is used to express feelings (...)
October 3, 2018 – Jakub MarianMaps
Tree cover of the Pyrenees
The Pyrenees are a mountain range that forms a natural border between Spain and France. Just like most other European mountain ranges, (...)
October 1, 2018 – Jakub MarianMaps

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Quotation marks in European languages
Map of quotation marks in European languages
We are all familiar with English quotation marks: “these” (double) and ‘these’ (single). The American style (and the prevalent style in (...)
September 24, 2018 – Jakub MarianMaps
Official languages Europe
Official languages of European countries
Most European countries have just one official language. Some actually have none (which is the case of the United Kingdom, where English (...)
September 18, 2018 – Jakub MarianMaps
Where are my followers?
My Facebook page has recently surpassed 20,000 likes. Of course, being a map maker, I wanted to see where my fans come from. Without (...)
August 23, 2018 – Jakub MarianBlog
Hundred in European languages
Evolution of “hundred” in Indo-European languages
Most European languages developed from a single language called Proto-Indo-European, spoken approximately from 4500 BC and 2500 BC (...)
August 20, 2018 – Jakub MarianMaps
dog in European languages
“Dog” in European languages
The English word “dog” comes from Old English docga, the origin of which is uncertain. It eventually replaced Old English hund (cf. (...)
August 16, 2018 – Jakub MarianMaps