Friday, February 19, 2010

Useful if you're writing alternate history about Romans

The Catholic Church officially names all its dioceses* in Latin, but they can be maddeningly inconsistent with translations of local names.

For example, in the United States, you'll find an Archidioecesis Ludovicopolitana, a Dioecesis Petriculana, and a Dioecesis Rubribaculensis, but you'll also find a Dioecesis Bridgeportensis and a Dioecesis de Fairbanks.

Why does Santa Fe become Sanctes Fides, but Las Cruces stays Las Cruces? Shouldn't Iowa have something like Monachi? And why do I live near Xylopolis?

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