Back in 1985, city officials…

Back in 1985, city officials in St. Louis decided that the term ‘bus stop’ sounded too negative, so they voted to rename them ‘bus starts.’ 1800 new ‘bus start’ signs were duly installed.
A year-and-a-half later, when it became clear that people were confused by what a ‘bus start’ was supposed to be, the city conceded defeat and went back to using the traditional term. This, of course, meant buying even more new signs.

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Traditional naming customs of Iceland differ in that they follow no family…

Traditional naming customs of Iceland differ in that they follow no family lineage. Men are named after their father. I.e. If Jon has a son named Olaf, his name is Olaf Jonsson. If Olaf then has a son named Magnus, his name is Magnus Olafsson. It is not uncommon to go back and forth between two names. E.g. Olaf Jonsson might name his son Jon Olafsson, who would name his son Olaf. Women are similar with the suffix ‘dottir’.

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