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Poll: Is it really impolite to use different names for countries?
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Countries have different names in different languages
#21
RE: Countries have different names in different languages
(June 25, 2021 at 5:31 pm)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote:
(June 25, 2021 at 4:43 pm)Dundee Wrote: Here is a short list of German cities and their names in English

Hameln - Hamelin
Köln - Cologne
München - Munich
Nürnberg - Nuremberg
Regensburg - Ratisbon

Now if those politically correct people are to be believed, the good citizens of those towns should be very offended and insulted and in tears, because somewhere in this world there are some who do not use the "correct" names of their home towns.

Only those who have no idea of how languages work can think of such politically correct nonsense.

My home town is An Baile Meanach, and I’m not remotely offended when people call it Ballymena.

And I have enjoyed my time in Baile Átha Cliath Smile
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#22
RE: Countries have different names in different languages
I wonder what those politically correct people do, when they come across cities that have 3 different "indigenous" names that are all 3 official.
Must they then say: "We have been to Liège/Luik/Lüttich and to Bruxelles/Brussel/Brüssel"?
Because they are so proud that out of politeness and honour they call every country and city etc by exactly the same name as the people use who live there.
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#23
RE: Countries have different names in different languages
(June 24, 2021 at 3:27 pm)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote:
(June 24, 2021 at 3:18 pm)Nomad Wrote: Well I get pretty pissed when people start talking about that fictional country the Republic of Ireland as if it were the place where I live.  I live in Ireland or, if you want to be pedantic, Éire.  The other name was one invented by the UK government because they didn't want to piss off the racist little statelet in the six counties not granted their rightful independence in 1921 and only abandoned in 1999 when they finally had to admit that the country could use its own name.

So, we can’t count on you to wave the tricolour, then? Wink

Boru

Not a big fan of flag waving, would prefer if the GAA got rid of it before every game. But I'm also not a fan of the English habit of misnaming other countries, for obvious denigrating purposes.

(June 25, 2021 at 6:20 pm)Dundee Wrote:
(June 25, 2021 at 5:31 pm)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote: My home town is An Baile Meanach, and I’m not remotely offended when people call it Ballymena.

And I have enjoyed my time in Baile Átha Cliath Smile

You mustn't be in the place long then.
As a species, we are fucked. To the next generation, I offer my inadequate apologies.
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