Several readers have asked me to explain the difficult English word “several”. This is a severe request, and I would like to sever all connections such people with their several questions. Instead, let’s look at the Czech word “sever”, which means north. Clearly, with its connotations of cold, a severe climate is unpleasant. Cutting winds sever the flow of blood to your hands, feet, and face and several people freeze to death each year in the north.
Yet for some reason there is a town in northern Czechia called Teplice, which means it is allegedly a warm place.