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Old 10-24-2013, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Singapore
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Alright, latching on to the thread about countries with the most beautiful sounding names. What about those with names that could do with some improvement on how it sounds to the ear, and why?

I could name a few:

Myanmar (the sticky combination of 'M' and 'yan')
Singapore (the ending that forcibly binds 'ga' and 'pore')
Burundi (the beginning sounds of 'Bu' and 'ru')
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Benin, Togo, Niger, Chad, Central African Republic, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, Bahrain, Turkmenistan
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Why can't "The Czech Republic" have a real name, like other countries do. There are countries with one syllable names, Spain, France, Greece. why can't it just be Czech? Or Czesko, which is what they call it? Or even Bohemia, using an old historic name, the way we do for Germany.

Why does Cote d'Ivoire get to dictate to the English speaking world (which they are not a part of) that we can't call it Ivory Coast in English anymore. Why doesn't Maroc get to do the same thing, and tell us to quit calling it Morocco? And Espana, and Deutschland, and Hellas, and Magyarorszag, and Shqiperia, and Suomi, and Misr, and Bharat, and Junggwo? Why does Cote d'Ivoire get such a special privilege?
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:35 AM
 
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Why can't "The Czech Republic" have a real name, like other countries do. There are countries with one syllable names, Spain, France, Greece. why can't it just be Czech? Or Czesko, which is what they call it? Or even Bohemia, using an old historic name, the way we do for Germany.
Like the United States of America?
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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. Why doesn't Maroc get to do the same thing, and tell us to quit calling it Morocco?
Well, if we were to call Morocco by its real name, we'd call it al-Maghrib.

But it gets confusing because the word Maghreb (derived from al-Maghrib) is also used to refer to Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia as a region.

So Morocco's real name is used in other languages to refer to Morocco plus two other countries.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Why can't "The Czech Republic" have a real name, like other countries do. There are countries with one syllable names, Spain, France, Greece. why can't it just be Czech? Or Czesko, which is what they call it? Or even Bohemia, using an old historic name, the way we do for Germany.
When Czechoslovakia split up, at least in French there was a trend to refer to the Czech part as "Tchéquie", but this seems to have died out. Now it's very predominantly "République tchèque" that you hear.

The English equivalent to Tchéquie would have been Czechia, but I have never heard that.
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Old 10-24-2013, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Elsewhere
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I called Burma Mallomar.
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Old 10-24-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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Either Upper Volta or Burkina Faso is fine by me, as long as the capital remains Ouagadougou.
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Old 10-24-2013, 09:43 AM
 
Location: the dairyland
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When Czechoslovakia split up, at least in French there was a trend to refer to the Czech part as "Tchéquie", but this seems to have died out. Now it's very predominantly "République tchèque" that you hear.
In German the name Tschechien is very common, too. Never heard anyone add republic to it.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:05 AM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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Why can't "The Czech Republic" have a real name, like other countries do. There are countries with one syllable names, Spain, France, Greece. why can't it just be Czech? Or Czesko, which is what they call it? Or even Bohemia, using an old historic name, the way we do for Germany.

Why does Cote d'Ivoire get to dictate to the English speaking world (which they are not a part of) that we can't call it Ivory Coast in English anymore. Why doesn't Maroc get to do the same thing, and tell us to quit calling it Morocco? And Espana, and Deutschland, and Hellas, and Magyarorszag, and Shqiperia, and Suomi, and Misr, and Bharat, and Junggwo? Why does Cote d'Ivoire get such a special privilege?
I have to admit that I find the name "Czech Republic" to be strange too.

I think they should use the historic name of Bohemia. As in the historic Kingdom of Bohemia, which not only included Bohemia proper but also Moravia and part of Silesia.

Kingdom of Bohemia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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