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kmself at ix.netcom.com
Mon Jun 12 13:29:01 PDT 2000
On Mon, Jun 12, 2000 at 10:22:22AM -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
> begin Ray Olszewski quotation:
> > At 09:26 AM 6/12/00 -0700, Andrew Edem wrote:
> >> I could have sworn cz was Switzerland.
> > Then you'd be foresworn. ch
> Hey, it's easy! All you have to do is remember "ISO 3166".
Incidentally, "CH" for Switzerland, and ISO for "International
Organization for Standardization" / "Organisation Internationale de
Normalisation" have similar roots.
Switzerland is a three-way confederation of three nationalities:
German, French, and Italian. "CH" abbreviates the Latin (or Greek)
"Confederation Helvetia". Key being that it's a foreign name to all
Likewise, "ISO" is a three letter acronym which reflects neither the
English nor the French official names for the international
standards-setting organization, which was settled on no doubt after long
days of high-level international wrangling.
Touching on the cz != Czechoslovakia comment -- it's interesting that in
a Europe which appears to be growing increasingly nationalized, that
Switzerland has long been an island of peace and neutrality (if not
ethical banking) despite its multinational constituency.
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