That got your point across well enough before making yourself look foolish.
Yeah, that's how we got to "Nature" allowing itself to use "maths" as an accepted usage. That was my line in the sand. Its existence changes the impression of what is "math" for those who use "math" as a the normative short form. I may know the difference and you most likely do, too. But those who do not, get the wrong view on the world as described by the word. And the fact that even "Nature" allows itself this usage in the article titles shows just how far this has gone. British English is no more normative for standard English than German is normative for Germanic languages. In fact, British English is a dialect of the standard English similarity in the names notwithstanding.
Little tip for you: English is the language of England
Little tip for you: German (or maybe Russian) would be the language of England if it weren't for the US. British English is cute, at best. Proper American pronunciation is universally considered the normative English pronunciation. And so is proper American usage. Oh, and that little "blessed" plot, that realm -- The England -- would long know no King or Queen were it not for the generosity and spirit of these colonials it formerly thought to subjugate.
I fail to see the downside here. It's also not slang, it's just the word we use.
It's a word used by a small minority of English speakers. It's not a literary word. It's a slang used when talking to an audience which has not idea what it is. And it was used in the title of an article about a global company -- not a local event (which might have justified the usage). In the US it's considered British slang. It will not show up if you try to look it up by typing "define trainers" in Google search bar. If you try to lookup "soda" in the same manner (which is a colloquialism for "carbonated water", but not a slang), you will get a definition.
He was completely unknown during the space race. His identity hidden.
Yeah, top secret is more like it.
then released under Khrushchev.
And that's when the space race actually started. Many members of the Politburo did a stint at the Gulag under Stalin. Including some of the top brass of the army, if my memory is not failing. In itself, it's not very telling. Any slight disagreement with those high-enough in power was enough to get a few years in the Gulag's (if one was lucky).
Ultimately this cost them the race to the moon. Korolev's mistreatment in the Gulags lead to his early death, after which their space program collapsed. A very Soviet story.
Oy! This is just not even connected to reality. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.... Korolev was released in 1944 (still during WWII and long before Stalin's death).
Here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.... Baikonur was founded in 1955, which was after Stalin's death. The first launch of a dog was in 1957: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.... See how the timeline just doesn't add up to the whole idea that he was stopped by the Gulag? Soviet Union was still rebuilding from WWII under Stalin. The space program didn't start until Korolev started it. Gulag was hardly the reason for his death. He had multiple heart attacks by then and died at 59. Soviet life expectancy for men was just slightly over 60 (62 or so). For someone in a job with as much stress as he had this was actually pretty good. Soviet Union had famous actors (more than one) die on stage in their 40s.
Personally, I always wondered why the Soviets did not just send a cosmonaut to moon one way.
They abandoned the program as unworkable. Which is to say they didn't have anyone who could produce a design.
Btw, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... was released 1972 -- only 6 years after Korolev's death. He was already a well-known larger-than-life figure at that point (eg, he was already on a postage stamp in 1969). His identity was not declassified for obvious security reasons until his obituary was published. His ashes were laid next to those of all top Communist leaders. He had a private plane and all the accommodations of top military brass in the last 10 years of his life. The radio station they built in Evpatoria was most likely not for technical reasons sited in the Wikipedia. Evpatoria was the top vacation destination in the Soviet Union. The radio station was most likely built to make it more convenient for Korolev.
To sum up: he had all the accommodations of top Soviet brass without the burden of having to play an action hero for public consumption. Not quite a victim this "article" makes him out to be.
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