gmalivuk wrote:Sunday is literally called "first day" in some languages, but obviously not English because in English it's literally called "Sunday". So, like, it's pretty obviously not a reference to English.
Yes? That's what I said. So, to repeat myself, what language is that?
Note that I was polite enough to ignore the imbecilic comment about "countless" languages. I'd be satisfied to learn of just one.
Also, that website you linked to repeatedly?
On their main page, they wrote:
The First Day of the Week
The first day of the week varies all over the world. In most cultures, Sunday is regarded as the first day of the week
although many observe Monday as the first day of the week.
And yet that claim is contradicted by their own data. I'll trust the data, thanks, and suspect their FAQ was written by an American. Italy (since they don't have a separate page for Vatican City), England (home of the Anglican Church), and Germany (home of Luther) all start the week on Monday, which makes the whole "Christians prefer to start the week on Sunday" idea pretty dubious. The simple fact that most of Europe and Asia
start the week on Monday makes the claim that "in most cultures
, Sunday is regarded as the first day of the week" pretty darn dubious.
Yes, I freely agree that a lot of countries (more than the ones I listed) also start the week on Sunday. But my point was that so many
start the week on Monday that it's ridiculous to claim that ISO did something wrong by choosing that as a standard. I'm not saying Monday is superior; I'm saying it was a perfectly reasonable choice
, given that all
available options would be wrong to some large subset
of the world's population.
"[T]he author has followed the usual practice of contemporary books on graph theory, namely to use words that are similar but not identical to the terms used in other books on graph theory."
-- Donald Knuth, The Art of Computer Programming, Vol I, 3rd ed.