The Russian Duma has outlawed the Roman alphabet. Of course, the law will be roundly ignored, but it reminds me of Indiana House Bill #246, introduced (but happily not passed) in 1897, which tried to legislate a simpler value for pi. [Via polyglut.]


  1. Since it’s your job to pay attention to these things, I imagine “roundly” isn’t an error for “routinely”?

  2. You imagine correctly. Merriam-Webster’s: roundly adv 1 a: in a complete or thorough manner: thoroughly b: by nearly everyone: widely

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