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    I have wondered and previously remarked on Powell's (and other presumably non-native English speakers) excellent English, speculating that perhaps they write more carefully than us Mericans who dash of stuff haphazardly. I admire an envy such fluency in multiple languages.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonewolf View Post
    I admire and envy such fluency in multiple languages.
    As do I.
    Murkans don't speak so goodly.
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    Speak for youself, Atticus.
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    Will the Polish federation select the team for Doha this week? Everybody seems to be doing it differently, some right after their nationals, others like the British wait a week, the French did it in three parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by norunner View Post
    Will the Polish federation select the team for Doha this week?
    I'm not sure there'll be an official announcement this week. From what I heard, some athletes were given time until 6 September to get qualifying marks, and I would consider it likely they'll wait until then to give the full lineup.
    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    Speak for youself, Atticus.
    I can't; I'm too inarticulate!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonewolf View Post
    I have wondered and previously remarked on Powell's (and other presumably non-native English speakers) excellent English, speculating that perhaps they write more carefully that us Mericans who dash of stuff haphazardly. I admire an envy such fluency in multiple languages.
    I have also been very impressed with this thread. I can see how, starting with English, and adding some high school Latin, one could easily learn a number of Romance languages. When I look at Polish given names and places, however, it looks quite foreign. I wonder if English looks as intimidating to a native Polish speaker.

    I stumbled on a fun fact a few months ago. The American English Scrabble set of 200 tiles has one Z, worth 10 points. The Polish Scrabble set of 100 tiles has 10 Zs, worth one point each.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master403 View Post
    I stumbled on a fun fact a few months ago. The American English Scrabble set of 200 tiles has one Z, worth 10 points. The Polish Scrabble set of 100 tiles has 10 Zs, worth one point each.
    English Scrabble sets have 100 tiles; the 200 tile set is called "Super Scrabble," which contains 2 Zs. I believe that the standard 100 tile set is most prevalent and is what is used in tournament play.

    The Polish set has 5 1-point Zs plus two other special Z letters.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrabb...butions#Polish
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powell View Post
    Radom, day 2
    w400
    1 Iga Baumgart-Witan 51.48
    2 Anna Kiełbasińska 51.51 PB
    3 Justyna Święty-Ersetic 51.63
    4 Małgorzata Hołub-Kowalik 51.92
    So when was the last time that Święty-Ersetic finished third at Nationals (in the 400)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wamego relays champ View Post
    English Scrabble sets have 100 tiles; the 200 tile set is called "Super Scrabble," which contains 2 Zs. I believe that the standard 100 tile set is most prevalent and is what is used in tournament play.

    The Polish set has 5 1-point Zs plus two other special Z letters.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrabb...butions#Polish
    I guess I jotted things down incorrectly, or Wikipedia changed, so thanks for the correction. Nonetheless, three flavors of Z and seven times as many zeds is intimidating.
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