Questions...with Aaron Mucciolo
Ill have you all know that instead of going to
dinner with my girlfriend right now, Im finishing this column.
So the least you can do is send me questions. And the least I can
do is bring flowers, I guess.
the hell does Rathskeller mean? Sam Newbold, Princeton
Rathskellers (or the Rath or the Rat as
it is nicknamed here on campus) is a restaurant or tavern, generally
below street level, that serves beer.
Yes, our Rath used to sell beer before the Student Union decided
to move the bar to the Sco. No, theyre not planning
to move it back any time soon.
Originally, the word (from the Middle High German rat,
meaning council, and the German keller, meaning cellar)
referred specifically to the basement of the city hall which was
usually rented out as a restaurant where beer was sold. Over time,
the term came to refer to pretty much every saloon below street
level that served beer at tables and sold simple food, regardless
of what building they were in.
What was that international language thing I heard about? Did they
ever finish that?
Despite what some people believe, Esperanto, an international language
created to help people from different countries communicate, is
not a child of the U.N. or otherwise a recent development. In 1887,
Dr. L. L. Zamenhof published a paper laying out a planned
language that is, the language did not develop rules
and forms over time, but was created from scratch. Of course with
no central authority overseeing the languages canon of words,
it is now a developing language whose future is controlled by its
Zamenhof wrote the paper under the name Dr. Esperanto
meaning one who hopes and that name stuck
to the language itself. Esperanto was never intended to replace
existing languages but to supplement them, acting as a common, neutral
language for people from different places. In fact it was hoped
that the language would protect lesser-used languages from extinction
at the hands of increasingly popular mainstream or international
languages like English. Estimates on the number of speakers worldwide
vary greatly, but over 100 countries have Esperanto speakers
For even more information on this craze thats sweeping the
globe, check out www.esperanto.net.
brand new semester brings brand new questions. No, really it does.
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