With Czechia, Czech Republic Hopes Vowels Will Solve Name Puzzle


NY Times:

With Czechia, Czech Republic Hopes Vowels Will Solve Name Puzzle

The Czechs, pushed and pulled between East and West over the centuries, have long suffered from an identity crisis.It doesn’t help that many foreigners consistently confuse their proud country, the Czech Republic, with its predecessor, Czechoslovakia, or its poorer cousin, Slovakia.
Or that, in 2013, some analysts mistakenly described the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing as hailing from the Czech Republic — confusing it with Chechnya, a restive region of Russia nearly 2,000 miles away, and alarming Czech diplomats who issued a clarification.

So Czech leaders have proposed a new name that they hope will give the birthplace of Milan Kundera, Franz Kafka and Martina Navratilova greater recognition on the global stage: Czechia (pronounced CHECK-iya).
While the new name does not necessarily resolve the potential confusion with Chechnya — it might even cause more confusion, some critics say — proponents hope Czechia rolls off the tongue in English more easily than Czech Republic.

I’m not sure the difference between Czech Republic and Czechia is great enough to really make a difference.


My wife and I were watching COPS a few years ago, and a particular officer informed the TV audience that his K-9 was from “the Republic of Czech.”

… we’ve always been amused.


I don’t like it. I thought it was just Chechnya spelled wrong. Surely people are intelligent enough to know what and where the Czech Republic is. :rolleyes:


I have always been a bit of a geography nerd so finding and remembering countries has never been a problem for me. I too think that the new name is too close to Chechnya, which would cause even more confusion.

What about the Prague Republic? Or Republic of Prague?


I heard this fake news story on Car Talk years ago:

Vowels to Bosnia

Cities of Sjlbvdnzv, Grzny to Be First Recipients
Before an emergency joint session of Congress yesterday, President Clinton announced US plans to deploy over 75,000 vowels to the war-torn region of Bosnia. The deployment, the largest of its kind in American history, will provide the region with the critically needed letters A,E,I,O,U, and Y, and is hoped to render countless Bosnian words more pronounceable.
"For six years, we have stood by while names like Ygrjvslhv and Tzlynhrand Glrm have been horribly butchered by millions around the world,"Clinton said. “Today, the United States must finally stand up and say ‘Enough.’ It is time the people of Bosnia finally had some vowels in their incomprehensible words. The US is proud to lead the crusade in this noble endeavor.”

The deployment, dubbed Operation Vowel Storm by the State Department, is set for early next week, with the Adriatic port cities of Sjlbvdnzv and Grzny slated to be the first recipients. Two C-130 transport planes, each carrying more than 500 24-count boxes of “E’s,” will fly from Andrews Air Force Base across the Atlantic and airdrop the letters over the cities.
Citizens of Grzny and Sjlbvdnzv eagerly await the arrival of the vowels. “My God, I do not think we can last another day,” Trszg Grzdnjkln, 44, said. “I have six children and none of them has a name that is understandable to me or to anyone else. Mr. Clinton, please send my poor, wretched family just one 'E.'Please.”


Hilarious. :smiley:


I’ve always been very good with geography, too. Like it a lot.


What’s the problem? I’m Slavic. Take Srbija. Or Praha. Or the word i (ee) in Polish. Or my favorite, Brno.

Ed :slight_smile:

Vowels are the work of the Imperialist… What? Really? Sorry, wrong century. Never mind.


I love it!:rotfl::rotfl:


Czech, please.



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