Calcutta -> Kolkata, WTH?? (1 Viewer)

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Yeah happened ages ago. Don't remember when I found out, but it had been a while ago and I was already late to learn.

They changed Peking, Bombay, Madras, and I'm sure some others too.
 

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And In '93, Ismay Montana changed it's name to Joe..

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You learned this from the story about the anti-Mother Teresa guy, too?
 
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You learned this from the story about the anti-Mother Teresa guy, too?
I'd been hearing it on NPR lately (maybe just 2-3 weeks) but it wasn't registering
Then yes I read the article and saw "formerly Calcutta"
And then shocked to see how long ago it changed

Here's hoping mother Theresa can play guard
 

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Yeah I think Chennai and Mumbai and Bengaluru all came before Kolkata too, late 90s. Maybe some came later, dunno, but hard not to say Bombay etc. At least they didn't rename the shirts or the gins.
 

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I'm waiting for Korea to change Seoul to Soul. They already changed Pusan to Busan. Only reason I know is cuz my wife is Korean, heh.
 

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Blame the British for the "westernized" pronunciations and spellings.
I've always wondered by we use the British version of the names of Spain (España), Germany (Deutschland), Italy, etc. instead of just calling them what they actually named their own freaking countries.
 
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I've always wondered by we use the British version of the names of Spain (España), Germany (Deutschland), Italy, etc. instead of just calling them what they actually named their own freaking countries.
i think it has something to do with the metric system:idunno:
 

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I've always wondered by we use the British version of the names of Spain (España), Germany (Deutschland), Italy, etc. instead of just calling them what they actually named their own freaking countries.
It works both ways. Other countries do the same. Some countries take things even further. For example, Spanish-speaking countries will actually change people's names.

Royal Names in Spanish | American in Spain


"...they are translated into their Spanish equivalent. For instance, the current monarch of England is called Reina Isabel. She and her husband, Principe Felipe have a son, Principe Carlos, who is next in line to the throne. Carlos has two sons, Principe Guillermo and Principe Enrique...the Spanish news media speak of Carlos y Camila and their new daughter-in-law, Catalina Middleton."
 

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