Ultima Thule

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Monday, January 16, 2006

So when did Turin become Torino?

By Aussiegirl

OK -- while I wasn't looking, the name of the ancient Italian city of Turin, home of the famous shroud of the same name, has suddenly become Torino. Yes, yes -- you're going to say - "But Aussiegirl, that is what Turin is called in Italy -- it is the proper name of the city."

Bah, humbug, I say! Turin it was, Turin it shall always be. We don't say Roma for Rome. We don't say Moskva for Moscow. It's Brussels not Bruxelles, Bucharest not Bucuresti, Prague not Praha, etc. etc.

And today I heard a report about a place called Cheelay -- wasn't that the place we used to call Chile? As in "Chilly today -- hot tomale?"

And -- it's Koran around here -- not Qur'an. Just getting a few things straight.


At 4:37 AM, Blogger TJ Willms said...

I'm still confused as to why the capital of China (Peking) suddenly and with out explaination changed to Beijing in the media. It was almost as though somebody threw a switch on the P.C.ometer and the names learned and used for a lifetime were suddenly not good enough any more...

Go figure.

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

How about Moslems becoming Muslims? Furthermore, they keep changing pronunciations-like Niger becoming Neejher or Kabul changing to cobble or Qatar becoming kutter (welcome back, Qatar!)

This stuff drives me crazy.

At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Son of the Republic of Texas said...

The whole Burma/Myanmar thing makes my head hurt.


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