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Old 10-31-2013, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Montreal
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I notice that in various languages, Tierra del Fuego is called by its literal meaning for each of these languages - e.g. Terre de Feu in French, Terra del Fuoco in Italian, Terra do Fogo in Portuguese, Feuerland in German, and Vuurland in Dutch. Why, then, is it "Tierra del Fuego" and not "Fireland" in English?
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:30 PM
 
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I notice that in various languages, Tierra del Fuego is called by its literal meaning for each of these languages - e.g. Terre de Feu in French, Terra del Fuoco in Italian, Terra do Fogo in Portuguese, Feuerland in German, and Vuurland in Dutch. Why, then, is it "Tierra del Fuego" and not "Fireland" in English?
You got me there. Seems like English prefers to use the local names for places, except for the 1700s and 1800s where the British set up embassies and consulates and gave certain places an English translation or English adaptation
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:07 AM
 
Location: on the road to new job
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I was taught in school many decades ago that Argentina owned TDF. Now either history was re-written or we weren't told the truth - that Chile owns the southernmost area.
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:28 AM
 
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I notice that in various languages, Tierra del Fuego is called by its literal meaning for each of these languages - e.g. Terre de Feu in French, Terra del Fuoco in Italian, Terra do Fogo in Portuguese, Feuerland in German, and Vuurland in Dutch. Why, then, is it "Tierra del Fuego" and not "Fireland" in English?
Yeah I noticed and said the same thing for years xD.
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:12 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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As a rule of thumb, most places in South America are called by their Spanish or Portuguese name. I've never heard of anyone ever calling Buenos Aires "Good Air" (with the exception that we call D. F. "Mexico City".

Spanish place names are also used inside the USA. When is the last time you heard someone call San Antonio "Saint Tony"?
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Old 11-13-2013, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Montreal
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As a rule of thumb, most places in South America are called by their Spanish or Portuguese name. I've never heard of anyone ever calling Buenos Aires "Good Air" (with the exception that we call D. F. "Mexico City".
The difference with Tierra del Fuego is, it's called by its Spanish name only in Spanish, English, and maybe a few other languages, and in the others it's called simply by the translations (hence, "Terre de Feu" in French, "Feuerland" in German, etc.). Whereas, something like Buenos Aires is called Buenos Aires in no matter what language.
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