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Old 05-15-2011, 01:54 AM
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I found this interesting: There are only four countries on Earth with a one-syllable name.

Can you name them without:
1. Looking at a map
2. Reading the replies
or
3. Clicking the spoiler box (in which I've included the answer)?



Think about it as long as you want and then reply with what you came up with.
Then click here to find out what four countries they are:
SPOILER:
France, Spain, Greece, and Chad
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:59 AM
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France
Spain
Chad

Drawing a blank on the fourth..

ETA: (after looking at spoiler) ah, but of course

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Old 05-15-2011, 02:06 AM
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Burkina Faso?
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:07 AM
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Earth!

No...

Canada!

no...

España!

...

Dammit!

ETA:
SPOILER:
:: on France and Greece... I don't think I would've gotten Chad. It's late.

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Old 05-15-2011, 02:11 AM
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Closest I got was Guam, and it's not a country. And the first three should have been easy.
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:11 AM
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Heh, Chad was the first and only one I thought of. It didn't even occur to me to hit up Europe.
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:13 AM
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SPOILER:
France, España, Hellas and Chad...
I count only two!
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:18 AM
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I came up with 5:
  1. France
  2. Greece
  3. Wales
  4. Spain
  5. Laos
Although Wales may be a bit of a technicality.


And I missed Chad. 6.

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Old 05-15-2011, 02:19 AM
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My first guess was Laos, wiki indicates that it’s officially the Lao People’s Democratic. But it brings up an interesting problem with the factoid, one-syllable name to whom?
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:21 AM
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My first guess was Laos, wiki indicates that it’s officially the Lao People’s Democratic. But it brings up an interesting problem with the factoid, one-syllable name to whom?
Huh, is it "louse", then? Because I've always pronounced it "La-O's" (which, when I say it, is two syllables).
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:22 AM
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Huh, is it "louse", then? Because I've always pronounced it "La-O's" (which, when I say it, is two syllables).
I've always heard it pronounced as "louse", and Merriam-Webster's little .wmv agrees with that.
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Yes, when I saw Spain on the list, I immediately thought, "But to a spaniard, it's Espana!" Perhaps it needs a qualifier, "The four countries on Earth with a one-syllable English name." And I only got France and Chad.
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:26 AM
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Oh, and the source for this bit of trivia was a Bathroom Reader (in case anyone wondered). Copyright 2006.
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:30 AM
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Yes, when I saw Spain on the list, I immediately thought, "But to a spaniard, it's Espana!" Perhaps it needs a qualifier, "The four countries on Earth with a one-syllable English name." And I only got France and Chad.
The way many Hispanics pronounce English, Spain even has two syllables in English (Es-páin)

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Old 05-15-2011, 02:38 AM
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Got it.

SPOILER:
France
Spain
Greece
Chad
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:58 AM
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Following the rules of the OP, I've come up with France, Spain, Guam, and Wales. But Guam probably doesn't count since it is a U.S. territory, and I'm not sure if Wales counts either as it is a part of the UK.
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:05 AM
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Eire

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Old 05-15-2011, 03:23 AM
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Oz
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:25 AM
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I also count Schweiz/Suisse and Miṣr, but it seems true that there aren't a whole lot of them even in native forms.
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:44 AM
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Here's how my thought process went:

Chad

Guam... except that's a territory, isn't it?

Laos: does that count as one syllable or two?

Hmmm... Spain! Yeah. Although, the English name is one syllable, but the "native language" name isn't. Which kind of name did the OP have in mind? Would one-syllable names in other languages count?

Any other European countries? Oh yeah, France!

So, is that four yet. Lemme just look at the spoiler box and see how I did. ... Oh yeah, Greece!
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:51 AM
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I came up with four - Chad, France, Laos, and Spain - and stopped. I'm pretty sure I would have gotten Greece if I had kept going for a fifth one.
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:20 AM
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Crap. Had one, but I guess it is 2. :/ I blame it on the French for ruining everything.
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:23 AM
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I got Chad
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Chad
Spain
France
Guam
Wales

Although assume the last 2 don't count. Didn't make my way around the other side of Europe!
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:31 AM
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Spain
France
Greece

That's all I got.

[Upon review: fuckin' Chad]
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Old 05-15-2011, 06:44 AM
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Incidentally - how on earth is "Laos" one syllable? It's pronounce Lah-Ohss; two clearly defined sounds.
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:02 AM
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I have 5 possibles. I think France, Spain, Guam and Chad are probably the 4, and that you aren't counting Wales, but I could be wrong on Guam and Chad being countries.

ETA: Of course, Greece. Guam is a territory of the USA. And you aren't counting Wales.

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Old 05-15-2011, 10:11 AM
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Spain
Chad
France
Greece
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:15 AM
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Crap. Had one, but I guess it is 2. :/ I blame it on the French for ruining everything.
Crap isn't a country.
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:21 AM
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Of course Wales is a country, don't be so silly...
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Without readiing the rest of the thread;
  • Spain
    Greece
    Chad
    France

No map needed.
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:13 AM
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I got Chad, France, Spain, Guam, Greece, and Laos.

At a very young age, I memorized the Animaniacs song "Countries of the World". It's been a great source of trivia busting ever since
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1. Wales
2. Laos
3. France
4. Spain

ETA: Wait, Wales & Laos aren't countries?

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Old 05-15-2011, 11:29 AM
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In the order I thought of them:

Chad
Greece
Spain
France

For some reason Chad and then Greece came to me very quickly, but it took a minute to think of Spain and France.
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:35 AM
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In the order I thought of them:
  1. Chad*
  2. France
  3. Spain
  4. Laos**

*How the fuck was this the first one I thought of?
**I say it with one syllable. Time to check the answers.

I see I missed Greece. I don't think Guam counts. I always feel weird calling Wales a country, but I guess it is.

As for the pronunciation of Laos, wikipedia and others list /ˈlaʊs/ as acceptable in English.
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:45 AM
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Chad was the first one I thought of. the second was Eire -the Irish name for Ireland. I guess that didn't count.

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Old 05-15-2011, 11:47 AM
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I got 'em, but only because I saw this quiz on Sporcle the other day.
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:48 AM
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France, Chad, Greece, Spain. All within a minute. How many Internets do I win?
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:26 PM
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hmm Greece, Spain, France, Chad, uh Guam came to mind but it isn't a country. Really, only 4?
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:54 PM
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I'm game. I would say:

Chad
France
Spain
Wales
Laos
Greece

Wait, that is more than 4 right there.
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I agree that Laos is one syllable. It rhymes with "house" and is not pronounced "lay-ose" like I've heard some people say. The Lao people themselves don't even include the S; to them, it's Lao, rhymes with "cow."

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Siam (ok Sam, I know it's been renamed).
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For the people posting Éire, how are you pronouncing it that it's one syllable? It's two in Irish, and this dictionary lists four two-syllable pronunciations but no one-syllable ones.

And if Wales isn't a country, England can't be a country either.
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Siam (ok Sam, I know it's been renamed).
Siam is two syllables.
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Without looking:

Spain
France
Wales
Chad
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:12 PM
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I think they may have considered Wales as a part of the UK (like Nebraska is part of the US and Alberta is part of Canada and Queensland is a part of Australia).
Please note I'm just trying to guess the reasons the trivia book people didn't include Wales--I'm not advocating it's a good or valid reason to not include it. : p
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I think they may have considered Wales as a part of the UK (like Nebraska is part of the US and Alberta is part of Canada and Queensland is a part of Australia).
Haha! A Brit of my acquaintance visibly restrained himself from ripping me a new asshole once when I facetiously made a similar comparison. He did let me know in no uncertain terms that Wales, Scotland etc were all separate countries banded together under the UK.
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Well, it's a good thing I'm not asserting that myself then...that I'm just guessing why they didn't count it.

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In English, or in the name of the country in its own national language(s)? I think the latter would be more interesting.
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:52 PM
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In English, or in the name of the country in its own national language(s)? I think the latter would be more interesting.
In Thai, Thailand is called Prathet Thai, which literally means "Thai country," so Prathet or "Country" is more of an identifier. (They tack Prathet onto the beginning of every country. Prathet Farangset is "France Country.") Muang Thai, or "Thai Homeland," is also common. In both cases, the actual name would be just "Thai."
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