Saturday, October 21, 2006

Kiev, Not Kyiv but it is Istanbul, Not Constantinople

The U.S. Board of Geographic Names has declared the official government spelling of the Ukraine capital is Kyiv, not Kiev. The reason for the name change, which the State Department is dening but we all know the truth, is to woo the Ukrainian government into the West's orbit.

Catholicgauze refuses to accept this. One of my pet peeves is the change of place names for non-reasons. Sometimes places change names for a real reason like meaning. For instance, Constantinople meant "the City of Constantine" but was renamed by the Turks in order to limit some of the Western influence to Istanbul which means "the city" in order to emphasizes the Turkish claim and importance to the city. Name changes like this mean something. However, when one changes Kiev or Turin to something else just because it sounds more for foreign sounding Catholicgauze gets upset. If we are going to do that we might as well put Deutschland on the map. Until then, I will spell Kiev k-i-e-v!

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night

Every gal in Constantinople
Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople
So if you've a date in Constantinople
She'll be waiting in Istanbul

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it I can't say
People just liked it better that way

So take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works
That's nobody's business but the Turks

Istanbul (Istanbul)
Istanbul (Istanbul)

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it I can't say
People just liked it better that way

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works
That's nobody's business but the Turks

So take me back to Constantinople
No, you can't go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works
That's nobody's business but the Turks

Istanbul

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