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Relative geography

So, do you know how high Mount Qomolangma is?

8,844.43 metres.

You may know it by another name: Mount Everest.


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Oct. 9th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
Part of me first read the question as Mount Oompaloompa.
Oct. 9th, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC)
I never knew that. I knew it is Mother Goddess Of The World or some such in Nepalese... and that it is either 29,002 feet or 29,028 feet depending on how old your reference book is.
Oct. 9th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
I recognised it as a spelling variant of Chomolungma (if you read Kim Stanley Robinson's Escape to Kathmandu, that may have been where you got the English translation from). I wrote and deleted a bad tempered comment to the effect "oh no, not more politically correct spelling! I just got used to the last round!"
Oct. 9th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
The trouble with trying to PC its name is that yes, it's Chomolungma, or however you want to spell it, to the Tibetans, but it is on the border with Nepal and to the Nepalis it's Sagarmatha. Which name would you use? Either is going to offend someone.
Oct. 10th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC)
Different names don't bother me, it's the latest fashionable transliteration of the same name.
Oct. 9th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
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