[thechat] sharks (was: rationality)

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Mon Jan 6 13:59:18 CST 2003

On Monday, January 6, 2003, at 07:31  pm, deke wrote:

> I wasn't sure of the spelling, but Google gives 9680 hits on Kamikazi,
> so apparently I'm not the only dolt in the crowd.  (340K on your
> spelling.)


> The spelling of words in a language other than the original is always a
> bit problematic. Most of us spelt it Peking for decades, and now the
> city is Beijing. Do you are suppose all the cookbooks changing the
> recipe name from Peking Duck to Beijing Duck?

fwiw, the roman char transcription of the city name is still Peking.
However, it was realised some 13 years ago (around the time of daily
reports from Tianamen Square) that we'd been pronouncing it wrongly.

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