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Re: TERM: Czechia

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  • Martin Janda
    ... cousins. ... Depends on what you mean by the German equivalent of .... (beep)...:-) There is Tschechei, used by Nazis, which si not politically correct in
    Message 1 of 10 , Dec 3, 1999
      > >Ugh, can we please ban the word "Czechia"?
      >
      > Hear hear!
      > The horrible "Czechia" seems to be a form used mainly by our German
      cousins.
      > It's only a short step from this to adopting their (equally awful) "handy"
      > for mobile phones...
      >
      > Alastair

      Depends on what you mean by the German equivalent of .... (beep)...:-)
      There is
      Tschechei, used by Nazis, which si not politically correct in Germany
      nowadays, and then there is Tschechien dated back to the old Austro-Hungary
      days, which is the recommeded form. BTW, Czech Ministry of Education has
      oficcialy recommended recently "Cesko" to be used in schools. At least it�s
      short and simple, if not loved by purists.

      But OK, I �ll try to use something else. What about CR? :-)

      Martin
    • Alastair Millar
      ... justified? David - Examples in English of countries that include a political classification in their names include the United Kingdom, United States,
      Message 2 of 10 , Dec 3, 1999
        It was written thus:

        >Yet from the linguistic point of view, I must admit that it does
        >not break any word-formation rules and is probably the only
        >way of getting round the clumsy "Czech Republic". Further to
        >that end, why should we Czechs say "Polsko" (Poland),
        >"Rusko" (Russia), "Nemecko" (Germany) etc. etc., but
        >"Czech Republic"? Christ! Even our historically closest neighbours
        >have their "Slovensko" (Slovakia)! Shall we Czechs be so
        >stubborn and never adopt what - lingustically - seems so perfectly
        justified?


        David -

        Examples in English of countries that include a political classification
        in their names include the United Kingdom, United States, Dominican
        Republic, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and of
        course the Russian Federation, not to mention various Peoples'
        Democracies and the Libyan Arab Jamahirya. So why not Czech Republic?

        IMHO, the English version of Cesko should be 'Bohemia'. This is not strictly
        correct, of course, but follows the Dutch model - the Netherlands is often
        referred to as 'Holland', even though I am told that strictly this is only
        one area of the country.

        Alastair
      • David Fuchs
        ... of ... I have been consistently using Czech Republic both as an interpreter/translator and a language user, but some people may find it too long in
        Message 3 of 10 , Dec 3, 1999
          >It was written thus:

          >Examples in English of countries that include a political classification
          >in their names include the United Kingdom, United States, Dominican
          >Republic, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and
          of
          >course the Russian Federation, not to mention various Peoples'
          >Democracies and the Libyan Arab Jamahirya. So why not Czech Republic?
          >
          >Alastair



          I have been consistently using 'Czech Republic' both
          as an interpreter/translator and a language user, but some people may find
          it too long in (informal) spoken speech. English speakers
          (please note that I am particularly referring here to spoken language)
          firstly, use acronyms like UK and US. I doubt 'CR' would really work for us.
          Secondly, the above examples often make it possible to use the short
          versions like Congo, China, Russia, Mongolia (I would not know about Central
          African Republic). People just seem to need the short, one-word expression
          for their country. Hence so much fuss about 'Cesko'.

          >IMHO, the English version of Cesko should be 'Bohemia'. This is not
          strictly
          >correct, of course, but follows the Dutch model - the Netherlands is often
          >referred to as 'Holland', even though I am told that strictly this is only
          >one area of the country.
          >
          >Alastair


          A very good point about the Netherlands. As for the Czech Republic, I like
          the
          Latin word 'Bohemia' very much indeed but would never try to sell it in
          places like Moravia or Silesia. It sounds great, just like the ill-advised
          'Czech Lands' or 'Lands of the Czech Crown'. But these birds won't fly
          either.

          I will probably continue using 'Czech Republic' in English and see if I can
          try to get accustomed to 'Cesko' in Czech. If you have other suggestions I
          will be more than happy to know.

          David
        • Michael Grant
          ... Oddly enough, Tschechien works fine for me in German. (I won t even get into Tshechei .) But then, you know what they say about opinions.... Michael
          Message 4 of 10 , Dec 3, 1999
            >The horrible "Czechia" seems to be a form used mainly by our German cousins.

            Oddly enough, "Tschechien" works fine for me in German. (I won't even
            get into "Tshechei".) But then, you know what they say about
            opinions....

            Michael
          • Alastair Millar
            ... Sorry, I wasn t being clear enough - I think that Czechia is used most often by Germans *speaking English*!! Cheers Alastair
            Message 5 of 10 , Dec 3, 1999
              It was written thus:


              >Oddly enough, "Tschechien" works fine for me in German. (I won't even
              >get into "Tshechei".) But then, you know what they say about
              >opinions....


              Sorry, I wasn't being clear enough - I think that 'Czechia' is used most
              often by Germans *speaking English*!!

              Cheers

              Alastair
            • Jirka Bolech
              ... The horrible Czechia seems to be a form used mainly by our German cousins. It s only a short step from this to adopting their (equally awful) handy for
              Message 6 of 10 , Dec 3, 1999
                >>Ugh, can we please ban the word "Czechia"?

                >Hear hear!
                The horrible "Czechia" seems to be a form used mainly by our German cousins.
                It's only a short step from this to adopting their (equally awful) "handy"
                for mobile phones...

                I first encountered the word "Czechia" on address labels with the Time
                (International) magazine I subscribed to from about 1993 and I quite liked
                it.

                Jirka Bolech
              • Alastair Millar
                Nazdar Jirko! ... Nice one - I hadn t noticed it on mine!!! Sad fact: Business Central Europe (a sister magazine of the Economist) supposedly specialises in
                Message 7 of 10 , Dec 3, 1999
                  Nazdar Jirko!

                  >I first encountered the word "Czechia" on address labels with the Time
                  >(International) magazine I subscribed to from about 1993 and I quite liked
                  >it.


                  Nice one - I hadn't noticed it on mine!!!
                  Sad fact: Business Central Europe (a sister magazine of the Economist)
                  supposedly specialises in this region, but still sends to addresses in
                  Czechoslovakia...

                  Ahoj!

                  Alastair
                • Michael Grant
                  ... I m sure their editorial staff has nothing to do with fulfillment (which is most likely outsourced anyway). Michael
                  Message 8 of 10 , Dec 3, 1999
                    >Sad fact: Business Central Europe (a sister magazine of the Economist)
                    >supposedly specialises in this region, but still sends to addresses in
                    >Czechoslovakia...

                    I'm sure their editorial staff has nothing to do with fulfillment
                    (which is most likely outsourced anyway).

                    Michael
                  • Michael Grant
                    ... If someone from Rusko is a Rus, shouldn t someone from C
                    Message 9 of 10 , Dec 4, 1999
                      >BTW, Czech Ministry of Education has
                      >oficcialy recommended recently "Cesko" to be used in schools. At least it�s
                      >short and simple, if not loved by purists.

                      If someone from Rusko is a Rus, shouldn't someone from C<esko be a
                      C<es? A C<ech should be someone from C<es<sko, right?

                      Michael
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