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TorgoX (1933)

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Wednesday June 19, 2002
02:46 AM

Desire as spite

[ #5765 ]

«A recent survey [of Germans] found that more than half the population wanted the mark to be reinstated.

People have a deep-rooted attachment to a currency they associate with Germany's spectacular postwar recovery, and - unexpectedly for the authorities - the number of people "thinking" in the old currency is rising instead of falling. »

--"Germans infuriated by euro rip-offs"

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  • People seem to use the new units as an external representation for a long time, while mentally converting to the old units as an internal representation. If you can *get* people to do that, day in and day out, eventually the new units will "uptake". As a negative example, see the United States' non-adoption of the metric system.

    This has a parallel in languages as well... I remember my high school Spanish teacher saying that you will know that you are fluent in the language when you can think in it. She