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  • Sophie Rickebusch

    Sophie Rickebusch Feb. 13, 2006, 6:31 p.m. (Message 44248)

    Bern(e) - off topic (was Mapping RSCDS (more high-tech toys))

    Funnily enough, the Encyclopaedia Britannica has the city and canton under "Bern" 
    but also includes an entry for the "Berne Convention" (with the alternative spelling 
    mentioned in both cases). The Oxford reference online seems to have a happy 
    mixture of both, with the "English" spelling given as "Berne" in the English-Italian 
    dictionary and "Bern" in the English-Spanish one!
    And for those of you who don't know the place, it definitely doesn't qualify as an 
    Invalid City: it's got a lot of topography and you have to be pretty fit to walk or 
    cycle around it :-)
    > In a message dated 02/12/2006 11:23:28 PM Pacific Standard Time, 
    > xxxx.xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxx.xx writes:
    > > Won't work with me. Berne is apparently an Invalid City (I must let the 
    > > Swiss know about this).
    > > 
    > > 
    > > Alan
    > > 
    > > 
    > Don't know whether this is a factor (I suppose that it depends on where the 
    > programing has been done), but American spelling uses the German "Bern"
    > rather 
    > than the French "Berne."  This is also true of Basel, but does not seem to be
    > completely universal, as Lucerne is generally used rather than Luzern.
    > Robb Quint
    > Thousand Oaks, CA, USA 
    Sophie Rickebusch
    CH - Wettswil a. A.

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