Monthly Archives: December 2010

Russian mountains

Yesterday evening I discovered that the French term for roller coaster is les montagnes russes or Russian mountains. This got me wondering what roller coasters have to do with Russian mountains, and I’ve found that from the 17th Century the Russian were constructing “Russian Mountains” – series of hills and slides of ice reinforced with […]

English, Etymology, French, Language, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Words and phrases 21 Comments


I’m just wondering what you think of the wibiya toolbar I added to Omniglot this week – the green band that appears at the bottom of pages. Do you find it useful? Would you like to see other links or applications on it? I also decided it was time to change the template of this […]

General 17 Comments


The owner of the knife pictured below would like to know what script is written on it, and what it says. Can you help? The writing looks like Arabic to me, but I can’t make any sense of it.

Arabic, Language, Puzzles, Writing 5 Comments
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