Dingo the Dissident

THE BLOG OF DISQUIET : Qweir Notions in the Armpit of Diogenes by DINGO the DISSIDENT binge-thinker since February 2008.

Friday, 22 April 2016

For no reason other than obedience

we now refer to Beijing, Mumbai, Varanasi, Kolkata...
(instead of Peking, Bombay, Benares and Calcutta)
and even Tbilisi for Tiflis*
but nobody has told us to say København for Copenhagen
or Praha for Prague -
and the Thais are too polite to ask us to stop calling
Krung Thep Bangkok.
Not even Dubliners refer to their city as Ath Cliath.

*Final i in Georgian, as in Romanian (and as y in Hungarian) is not pronounced.

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