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Old 12-22-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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Do you know which languages are of Germanic origin? German, Dutch, Scandinavian, and English. One of those is the predominant language in the countries of all the top 28 cities. I didn't cause that to happen by focusing on a Germanic label. Those countries spoke Germanic-root languages long before I was born.

What I am pointing out is that the Germanic-root language speakers (at CNN) who made up the list chose only cities in countries where people speak Germanic-root languages. Which is neither unexpected nor surprising. I could have said they are all in countries where a European language is spoken, but it turned out that none are in Romance or Slavic language countries, either --only Germanic. The closest any of the top 28 come would be Montreal and Brussels, where French is also spoken, but it is not predominant in the country.
I already know the languages that are sometimes categorized as Germanic origin but I don’t agree with that definition and label. That Germanic label is misleading, not accurate, and way too broad to be used properly.

I also thought you were referring to plenty of other parts outside of language related to the countries the cities are in.

In the top 28, Montreal and Brussels are some of many that don't qualify for the label you are referring to, and that is even more accurate when the top 29 to top 50 are included.

No support and defense anymore for Asuncion Paraguay? I guess you want to keep that place as a secret all to yourself.
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I already know the languages that are sometimes categorized as Germanic origin but I don’t agree with that definition and label. That Germanic label is misleading, not accurate, and way too broad to be used properly.
Linguistics is an extremely well-developed science, and the basic language groupings are undisputed. Germanic languages are those that can be traced directly back to northern Europe about 2-3,000 years ago, and they show obvious vocabulary and grammar similarities. You say "sometimes" -- I challenge you to produce a single link to a linguist who would argue that those languages are not traceable directly to a common Germanic root tongue.

Germanic languages - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Proto-Norse did not begin to drift away from Proto-Germanic until the Christian era, and evolved into Danish, Swedish and Norwegian. Dutch was still considered a mere local dialect of German until many centuries later. There are runic inscriptions all over Scandinavia, dating from the 2nt to 6th centuries, attesting to the languages being nearly identical to Old Germanic. Germanic became the language of England in the 5th century with the Anglo-Saxon invasion, and Germans could still understand English until the 11th century, when the Norman invasion filled English with French words.

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Old 02-14-2014, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Salinas, CA
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And a new edition of:

What city has world's best quality of life? - CNN.com

Austria: 1
Switzerland: 3
New Zealand: 2
Germany: 7
Canada: 4
Denmark: 1
Australia: 5
Netherlands:1
Luxembourg: 1
Belgium: 1
Singapore: 1
United States: 2
France: 1

Based on this, the Top 3 countries would be: Germany, Australia, and Canada.

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And some of the worst cities to live in:

lmao @ Detroit. Who woulda thunk ?

The worst of the worst is: Baghdad, Iraq at #221.
I always wondered why some San Franciscans would refer to their city as "Baghdad by the Bay". What an insult..especially with SF's ranking at #29 and Baghdad at a dismal #221.
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Old 02-16-2014, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Sydney
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These quality of life surveys are ridiculous. A good life is not an easy life. People don't want a simple easy existence, they want to be challenged and driven to their best.
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Old 02-16-2014, 03:33 AM
 
Location: the dairyland
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These quality of life surveys are ridiculous. A good life is not an easy life. People don't want a simple easy existence, they want to be challenged and driven to their best.
How do you know that these surveys are about a "simple easy existence"? Didn't read anything about how exactly they defined quality of life at CNN.
Anyway, challenge can be good and bad and I disagree that everyone wants to be challenged. Not everyone wants to be a high-performer. At some point in life, safety and predictability are very important, too. Even to those who took up every challenge.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne
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"-est in the World"...

...makes my BS meter go off. Basically any cultural commentary that comes in a numbered list makes my BS meter go off. Not saying the list doesn't contain a lot of cities with high quality of life, but the rankings change so dramatically from list to list, year to year, combined with dubious or mis-weighted criteria as to make these lists not worth much.
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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In an earlier post, I said all of the cities in the top 30 I agree and don’t agree with qualifying the high ranks and standards.

With this post, I’ll say the cities I would live in and not live in, and that is technically a separate category for perception.

Cities in the top 30 I would love living in: Vienna, Zurich, Vancouver, Geneva, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Brussels, Montreal, , Singapore, San Francisco.

Good/Decent to live in: Sydney, Toronto, Berlin, Hamburg, Honolulu,

Neutral: Munich, Frankfurt, Bern, Luxembourg, , Nuremburg, Stuttgart.

Kind of dislike and would not want to live there: Wellington

Kind of hate and there is no way I would live there: Auckland, Dusseldorf, Canberra, Ottawa.
I'll my one.

Cities in the top 30 I would love living in: Adelaide, Perth, San Francisco, Paris, Melbourne

Good/Decent to live in: Canberra

Neutral: Vienna, Zurich, Vancouver, Geneva, Honolulu

Kind of dislike and would not want to live there: Brussels, Montreal, Toronto, Copenhagen, Luxembourg, Bern, Ottawa

Kind of hate and there is no way I would live there: Auckland, Wellington, Munich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf
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