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23rd Aug '16 12:21:52 AM OafishVulture
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** Additionally, of the two isotopes given, only one is actually fissile. Uranium-238 would not be used to create an atomic bomb.
26th Jul '16 2:38:47 PM Chariset
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* The opening quote, "The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis", is not found anywhere in ''Inferno''. In fact, it is more recent than Dante. This is actually said by John F. Kennedy on West Germany Peace Corps (change from "darkest" to "hottest"), and later used by Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Vietnam War. Incidentally, the lowest level of Dante's Inferno is reserved for traitors. ''[[AC: [[http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/Ready-Reference/JFK-Fast-Facts/Dante.aspx JFK Library]]]]''

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* The opening quote, "The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis", is not found anywhere in ''Inferno''. In fact, it is more recent than Dante. This is actually said by John F. Kennedy on West Germany Peace Corps (change from "darkest" to "hottest"), and later used by Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Vietnam War. Incidentally, in Dante, those who tried to remain neutral end up in the vestibule of Hell; the lowest level of Dante's the Inferno is reserved for traitors. ''[[AC: [[http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/Ready-Reference/JFK-Fast-Facts/Dante.aspx JFK Library]]]]''
26th Jul '16 2:28:35 PM Chariset
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* The book states that the etymology of "sincerely" is a combination of two Latin works "sine" and "cera", meaning "without wax". A popular, but entirely wrong, urban legend. [[AC:[[http://books.google.com/books?id=eXZRfqgU3QoC&pg=PA145&dq=sincerus+origin&lr=&sig=O_i9vL1avM4gaJicsFlnH8_a5yc#v=onepage&q=sincerus%20origin&f=false Storied Words by Jeff Jeske]]]]

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* The book states that the etymology of "sincerely" "sincere" is a combination of two Latin works "sine" and "cera", meaning "without wax". A popular, but entirely wrong, urban legend. [[AC:[[http://books.google.com/books?id=eXZRfqgU3QoC&pg=PA145&dq=sincerus+origin&lr=&sig=O_i9vL1avM4gaJicsFlnH8_a5yc#v=onepage&q=sincerus%20origin&f=false Storied Words by Jeff Jeske]]]]
15th Jun '16 6:18:44 PM Ebrbfureh
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* A bomb made by anti-matter to blow up the Vatican? There hasn't been enough anti-matter produced in the world to boil a cup of coffee. Also, to make a bomb out of anti-matter they would have to have several huge and ''very, very rich'' backers. It's been estimated that to produce even ''one gram'' of antimatter would cost $25 ''billion'', and they'd need more than one gram. Anti-matter is extremely expensive to make, and then there's the problem of transporting the stuff to the Vatican without it blowing up along the way. It'd be much easier and cheaper (even for CERN) to just use regular bombs.

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* A bomb made by anti-matter to blow up the Vatican? There hasn't been enough anti-matter produced in the world to boil a cup of coffee. Also, to make a bomb out of anti-matter they would have to have several huge and ''very, very rich'' backers. It's been estimated that to produce even ''one gram'' of antimatter anti-matter would cost $25 ''billion'', and they'd need more than one gram. Anti-matter is extremely expensive to make, and then there's the problem of transporting the stuff to the Vatican without it blowing up along the way. It'd be much easier and cheaper (even for CERN) to just use regular bombs.



* Contrary to what the book claims, Anti-matter can't be used as a source of limitless energy due to it taking more energy than it produces. ''[[AC:[[http://web.archive.org/web/20080129234743/http://public.web.cern.ch/Public/en/Spotlight/SpotlightAandD-en.html CERN]]]]''
* No, CERN can't blow up the world whenever it wants like in the book. It doesn't have enough antimatter, for starters. ''[[AC: [[http://www.history.com/genericContent.do?id=68546 History.com]]]]''
** Although a major plot device was that two scientists at CERN secretly developed a method for collecting bomb-level amounts of antimatter, and one was killed to get it. It was stated in the book that they could not achieve such levels until the characters discovered the fictional method.
* A news commentator says that Ventresca was elected pope by "Adoration" when the crowd and cardinals cheered him after they thought he had saved Vatican City from the antimatter. First, the proper term is "Election by Acclamation". Second, although Election by Acclamation hadn't been used since 1676, it became impossible in 1996 by Papal decree. ''[[AC: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acclamation_(Papal_elections) Wikipedia]]]]''

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* Contrary to what the book claims, Anti-matter anti-matter can't be used as a source of limitless energy due to it taking more energy than it produces. ''[[AC:[[http://web.archive.org/web/20080129234743/http://public.web.cern.ch/Public/en/Spotlight/SpotlightAandD-en.html CERN]]]]''
* No, CERN can't blow up the world whenever it wants like in the book. It doesn't have enough antimatter, anti-matter, for starters. ''[[AC: [[http://www.history.com/genericContent.do?id=68546 History.com]]]]''
** Although a major plot device was that two scientists at CERN secretly developed a method for collecting bomb-level amounts of antimatter, anti-matter, and one was killed to get it. It was stated in the book that they could not achieve such levels until the characters discovered the fictional method.
* A news commentator says that Ventresca was elected pope by "Adoration" when the crowd and cardinals cheered him after they thought he had saved Vatican City from the antimatter.anti-matter. First, the proper term is "Election by Acclamation". Second, although Election by Acclamation hadn't been used since 1676, it became impossible in 1996 by Papal decree. ''[[AC: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acclamation_(Papal_elections) Wikipedia]]]]''
15th Jun '16 6:16:38 PM Ebrbfureh
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* The book has a short description involving decrypting a code that is wrong on several levels. The code was thought by the characters to be "Mandarin symbols" but is later discovered to be the "Kanji language". First, Mandarin is a ''spoken'' language that shares its written symbols with many other Sinic languages. Assuming that by "Mandarin characters" he meant Classical Chinese or Standard Written Chinese (which is likely), there is no way to tell from the writing whether the writer spoke Mandarin, Cantonese, or any other dialect; it's all just written in Chinese.[[note]]Only Cantonese has a unique system of characters in common use, which even then mostly overlaps with the standard.[[/note]] Second, ''kanji'' is one of three symbol sets used by Japanese speakers; it is not a language of its own. Third, and perhaps most importantly, Chinese ''zi'' and Japanese ''kanji'' are the ''same symbols'', written the same way and carrying the same meaning, but pronounced differently ''when spoken aloud''. This would be tantamount to looking at the word 'tomato' and determining whether it should be "to-MAY-to" or "to-MAH-to"--or more to the point, whether the character "8" should be understood as saying "''eight''" in English or "''huit''" in French when looking at the "phrase" "8+7=15." Finally, the code is decrypted ''out of sequence'', for security purposes. Translating Chinese or Japanese out of sequence would be just as impossible as reading English words scrambled by a randomizer. [[AC:[[http://hanzismatter.blogspot.com/2009/03/painful-excerpt-from-dan-brown-digital.html Hanzi Smatter]]]]

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* The book has a short description involving decrypting a code that is wrong on several levels. The code was thought by the characters to be "Mandarin symbols" but is later discovered to be the "Kanji language". First, Mandarin is a ''spoken'' language that shares its written symbols with many other Sinic languages. Assuming that by "Mandarin characters" he meant Classical Chinese or Standard Written Chinese (which is likely), there is no way to tell from the writing whether the writer spoke Mandarin, Cantonese, or any other dialect; it's all just written in Chinese.[[note]]Only Cantonese has a unique system of characters in common use, which even then mostly overlaps with the standard.[[/note]] Second, ''kanji'' is one of three symbol sets used by Japanese speakers; it is not a language of its own. Third, and perhaps most importantly, Chinese ''zi'' and Japanese ''kanji'' are the ''same symbols'', written the same way and carrying the same meaning, but pronounced differently ''when spoken aloud''. This would be tantamount to looking at the word 'tomato' and determining whether it should be "to-MAY-to" or "to-MAH-to"--or "to-MAH-to"—or more to the point, whether the character "8" should be understood as saying "''eight''" in English or "''huit''" in French when looking at the "phrase" "8+7=15." Finally, the code is decrypted ''out of sequence'', for security purposes. Translating Chinese or Japanese out of sequence would be just as impossible as reading English words scrambled by a randomizer. [[AC:[[http://hanzismatter.blogspot.com/2009/03/painful-excerpt-from-dan-brown-digital.html Hanzi Smatter]]]]



* In the book, the aforementioned ciphertext turns out to be a virus. It was quickly decrypted and subsequently infected all sorts of critical computers. This makes ''no sense at all''. The only way a virus can attack a machine is if the machine executes the file (this may happen with a standalone virus file, or with a virus that's embedded into a larger executable file somehow), but there is ''absolutely no reason'' why the supercomputer should attempt to execute every file which it has decrypted! Most of the time you'd only want to ''read'' the file. If you ''did'' want to execute it, there would surely be another step where somebody has to click "OK", and even then there'd be sandboxing and whatever other protections in place to prevent attacks -- if the NSA had a policy of running every file it decrypts (without protection!), anyone in the world could just encrypt a common virus, email it to the NSA, and the NSA would be screwed.

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* In the book, the aforementioned ciphertext turns out to be a virus. It was quickly decrypted and subsequently infected all sorts of critical computers. This makes ''no sense at all''. The only way a virus can attack a machine is if the machine executes the file (this may happen with a standalone virus file, or with a virus that's embedded into a larger executable file somehow), but there is ''absolutely no reason'' why the supercomputer should attempt to execute every file which it has decrypted! Most of the time you'd only want to ''read'' the file. If you ''did'' want to execute it, there would surely be another step where somebody has to click "OK", and even then there'd be sandboxing and whatever other protections in place to prevent attacks -- if attacks—if the NSA had a policy of running every file it decrypts (without protection!), anyone in the world could just encrypt a common virus, email it to the NSA, and the NSA would be screwed.



* The book describes Langdon as a professor of Symbology at Harvard. Symbology is not a department at Harvard (or at any university for that matter) -- the real-life discipline is called Semiology (as in "semantics", not "half"). [[AC: [[http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2009/09/can_you_really_be_a_professor_of_symbology.html Slate]]]]

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* The book describes Langdon as a professor of Symbology at Harvard. Symbology is not a department at Harvard (or at any university for that matter) -- the matter)—the real-life discipline is called Semiology (as in "semantics", not "half"). [[AC: [[http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2009/09/can_you_really_be_a_professor_of_symbology.html Slate]]]]



* Langdon wonders whether the second altar of science could be located in St. Peter's Square due to the fact that it's part of Vatican City rather than Rome and all the altars are supposed to be found within the boundaries of the city of Rome. It's explained to him that St. Peter's Square has been contested territory between the authorities of Rome and those of Vatican City for centuries. The only problem with that is that Vatican City as an independent entity was established as late as 1929; before that everything that forms today's Vatican City was just as Roman as any other part of Rome.

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* Langdon wonders whether the second altar of science could be located in St. Peter's Square due to the fact that it's part of Vatican City rather than Rome and all the altars are supposed to be found within the boundaries of the city of Rome. It's explained to him that St. Peter's Square has been contested territory between the authorities of Rome and those of Vatican City for centuries. The only problem with that is that Vatican City as an independent entity was established as late as 1929; before that that, everything that forms today's Vatican City was just as Roman as any other part of Rome.



* The novel mentions special "Improvised munitions"--weapons that are capable of firing water at sufficient speed to shatter bones or turn sand or ice into bullets. In reality, "Improvised Munitions" in military jargon means something else entirely, and of those possibilities mentioned, only the first one is feasible; water bullets are used in bomb disposal since it is incompressible and a poor conductor of electricity. Turning sand into glass bullets, however, would require a power source too big to conveniently carry and ice bullets were shown to be ineffective. [[AC:[[http://mythbustersresults.com/episode1 Mythbusters]]]].

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* The novel mentions special "Improvised munitions"--weapons "improvised munitions"—weapons that are capable of firing water at sufficient speed to shatter bones or turn sand or ice into bullets. In reality, "Improvised Munitions" in military jargon means something else entirely, and of those possibilities mentioned, only the first one is feasible; water bullets are used in bomb disposal since it is incompressible and a poor conductor of electricity. Turning sand into glass bullets, however, would require a power source too big to conveniently carry and ice bullets were shown to be ineffective. [[AC:[[http://mythbustersresults.com/episode1 Mythbusters]]]].



* Right in the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 fraking]] title. "The from Vinci Code" should be a red flag to Leonardo Da Vinci studiers of the [[DanBrowned Dan Browning]] from the very title. ''[[AC: [[http://articles.sfgate.com/2003-08-30/entertainment/17504962_1_holy-grail-da-vinci-code-master-draftsman SF Gate Article]]]]''

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* Right in the [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 fraking]] title. "The from Vinci Code" should be a red flag to Leonardo Da da Vinci studiers of the [[DanBrowned Dan Browning]] from the very title. ''[[AC: [[http://articles.sfgate.com/2003-08-30/entertainment/17504962_1_holy-grail-da-vinci-code-master-draftsman SF Gate Article]]]]''



* No, Leonardo Da Vinci was not "flamboyantly homosexual". No law-abiding citizen was 'flamboyantly' anything besides heterosexual due to the laws of the time. ''[[AC:The Da Vinci Hoax]]''

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* No, Leonardo Da da Vinci was not "flamboyantly homosexual". No law-abiding citizen was 'flamboyantly' anything besides heterosexual due to the laws of the time. ''[[AC:The Da Vinci Hoax]]''



* According to the book the Dead Sea Scrolls contain Christian gospel. In reality they were created by the Essenes sect of Jews and don't contain any gospels. ''[[AC: [[http://oi.uchicago.edu/pdf/jerusalem_origin_dss.pdf University of Chicago]]]]''

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* According to the book the Dead Sea Scrolls contain Christian gospel. In reality reality, they were created by the Essenes sect of Jews and don't contain any gospels. ''[[AC: [[http://oi.uchicago.edu/pdf/jerusalem_origin_dss.pdf University of Chicago]]]]''



* While its true that many of the experiments done by Katherine Solomon have been done in real life, they're hardly the conclusive truth as presented in the book. Masaru Emoto did do experiments on how thoughts could change the structure of water crystals, but they've been highly criticized--Emoto did not have controls on his experiment and has not given out his technique for others to attempt to repeat, and he's acknowledged that he just chose the pictures he liked best. The triple blind study conducted to try to replicate the effects failed to get significant results. ''[[AC:[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaru_Emoto#Criticism Wikipedia]]]]'' The main reason Noetic has been decried as pseudoscience is because many of its experiments aren't falsifiable. If you didn't get the expected result, then you just didn't do it right.

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* While its true that many of the experiments done by Katherine Solomon have been done in real life, they're hardly the conclusive truth as presented in the book. Masaru Emoto did do experiments on how thoughts could change the structure of water crystals, but they've been highly criticized--Emoto criticized—Emoto did not have controls on his experiment and has not given out his technique for others to attempt to repeat, and he's acknowledged that he just chose the pictures he liked best. The triple blind study conducted to try to replicate the effects failed to get significant results. ''[[AC:[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaru_Emoto#Criticism Wikipedia]]]]'' The main reason Noetic has been decried as pseudoscience is because many of its experiments aren't falsifiable. If you didn't get the expected result, then you just didn't do it right.
15th Jun '16 6:11:40 PM Ebrbfureh
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* The novel mentions special "Improvised munitions"--weapons that are capable of firing water at sufficient speed to shatter bones or turn sand or ice into bullets. In reality, "Improvised Munitions" in military jargon means something else entirely, and of those possibilities mentioned, only the first one is feasible; water bullets are used in bomb disposal since it is incompressible and a poor conductor of electricity. Turning sand into glass bullets however, would require a power source too big to conveniently carry and ice bullets were shown to be ineffective. [[AC:[[http://mythbustersresults.com/episode1 Mythbusters]]]].

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* The novel mentions special "Improvised munitions"--weapons that are capable of firing water at sufficient speed to shatter bones or turn sand or ice into bullets. In reality, "Improvised Munitions" in military jargon means something else entirely, and of those possibilities mentioned, only the first one is feasible; water bullets are used in bomb disposal since it is incompressible and a poor conductor of electricity. Turning sand into glass bullets bullets, however, would require a power source too big to conveniently carry and ice bullets were shown to be ineffective. [[AC:[[http://mythbustersresults.com/episode1 Mythbusters]]]].



* Langdon states that the word "Abracadabra" means "I create as I say" and is based on the word "Abrahadabra". The translation is more or less correct, however he reverses the origins. Abrahadabra is from a 20th century new age religion called Thelema, while Abracadabra was used by 2nd century Romans. ''[[AC:[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abracadabra Wikipedia]]]]''

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* Langdon states that the word "Abracadabra" means "I create as I say" and is based on the word "Abrahadabra". The translation is more or less correct, however correct; however, he reverses the origins. Abrahadabra is from a 20th century new age religion called Thelema, while Abracadabra was used by 2nd century Romans. ''[[AC:[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abracadabra Wikipedia]]]]''



* While its true that many of the experiments done by Katherine Solomon have been done in real life, they're hardly the conclusive truth as presented in the book. Masaru Emoto did do experiments on how thoughts could change the structure of water crystals, but they've been highly criticized--Emoto did not have controls on his experiment and has not given out his technique for others to attempt to repeat, and he's acknowledged that he just chose the pictures he liked best. The triple blind study conducted to try to replicate the effects failed to get significant results. ''[[AC:[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaru_Emoto#Criticism]]]]'' The main reason Noetic has been decried as pseudoscience is because many of its experiments aren't falsifiable. If you didn't get the expected result, then you just didn't do it right.

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* While its true that many of the experiments done by Katherine Solomon have been done in real life, they're hardly the conclusive truth as presented in the book. Masaru Emoto did do experiments on how thoughts could change the structure of water crystals, but they've been highly criticized--Emoto did not have controls on his experiment and has not given out his technique for others to attempt to repeat, and he's acknowledged that he just chose the pictures he liked best. The triple blind study conducted to try to replicate the effects failed to get significant results. ''[[AC:[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaru_Emoto#Criticism]]]]'' org/wiki/Masaru_Emoto#Criticism Wikipedia]]]]'' The main reason Noetic has been decried as pseudoscience is because many of its experiments aren't falsifiable. If you didn't get the expected result, then you just didn't do it right.
27th May '16 5:34:07 PM KingClark
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* Misquoting Robert Oppenheimer as saying "I have become Vishnu, destroyer of worlds". Actual quote: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.''[[AC: [[http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Robert_Oppenheimer Wikiquote on this]]]]''

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* Misquoting Robert Oppenheimer as saying "I have become Vishnu, destroyer of worlds". Actual quote: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.''[[AC: "''[[AC: [[http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Robert_Oppenheimer Wikiquote on this]]]]''
18th May '16 4:04:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* The KnightsTemplar didn't do anything besides conquer and maintain territory in the Levant. They were also largely illiterate and likely uneducated, thus making it improbable that they passed down ''any'' kind of geometry from Egyptians or the like. ''[[AC:The Knights Templar: A New History., p.2]]''

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* The KnightsTemplar UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar didn't do anything besides conquer and maintain territory in the Levant. They were also largely illiterate and likely uneducated, thus making it improbable that they passed down ''any'' kind of geometry from Egyptians or the like. ''[[AC:The Knights Templar: A New History., p.2]]''
16th Feb '16 12:33:32 PM Midna
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Creator/DanBrown, TropeNamer of DanBrowned, gets his own page due to the absolutely monstrous amount of the eponymous activity found in his myriad works. Due to the scrapping of the last page due to natter, ill-will, et. al., there ''is'' [[Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability such a thing as notability]]. Citations are done like the following:

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Creator/DanBrown, TropeNamer of DanBrowned, gets his own page due to the absolutely monstrous amount of the eponymous activity found in his myriad works. Due to the scrapping of the last page due to natter, ill-will, et. al., and to avoid clutter, there ''is'' [[Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability such a thing as notability]]. Citations are done like the following:
2nd Feb '16 10:21:20 AM Theriocephalus
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* Teabing and Langdon explain that English is the preferred mode of communication by the Priory of Sion as it is the "Lingua Pura", the pure tongue, the only European language unadulterated by the Papist Latin. While there really is no European language that was not influenced by Latin to some degree, the choice of English is particularly stupid. While it is a Germanic language (as opposed to Latin, which is in the Romance language family), it has borrowed heavily from French (a Latin-derived language) due to the Norman Conquest and later from Latin directly during the Renaissance. There is really no reason for the Priory to communicate in English when there are so many other languages that fit the criteria better like Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew, or Greek (all of which Renaissance scholars, but obviously not Brown, knew well about, and several of which--particularly Arabic,[[note]]from the thriving Italian trade with the Middle East[[/note]] Hebrew,[[note]]from Biblical study[[/note]] and most especially Greek[[note]]from Biblical and Classical studies[[/note]]). '''The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code'''

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* Teabing and Langdon explain that English is the preferred mode of communication by the Priory of Sion as it is the "Lingua Pura", the pure tongue, the only European language unadulterated by the Papist Latin. While there really is no European language that was not influenced by Latin to some degree, the choice of English is particularly stupid. While it is a Germanic language (as opposed to Latin, which is in the Romance language family), it has borrowed heavily from French (a Latin-derived language) due to the Norman Conquest and later from Latin directly during the Renaissance. There is really no reason for the Priory to communicate in English when there are so many other languages that fit the criteria better like Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew, or Greek (all of which Renaissance scholars, but obviously not Brown, knew well about, and several of which--particularly were very familiar with, particularly Arabic,[[note]]from the thriving Italian trade with the Middle East[[/note]] Hebrew,[[note]]from Biblical study[[/note]] and most especially Greek[[note]]from Biblical and Classical studies[[/note]]). '''The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code'''
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