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CrownPrinceBandar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:50 AM
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Hey news organizations! The name of the country is "Côte d'Ivoire" not Ivory Coast....
The name officially changed in 1985. I think that's enough time to learn to say the name correctly.

"The region, and then the country, was originally known in English as "Ivory Coast". In October 1985, the government officially changed the name of the country to Côte d'Ivoire."

"Despite the Ivorian government's request, the English translation "Ivory Coast" (sometimes "the Ivory Coast") is still frequently used in English. The BBC usually uses "Ivory Coast" both in news reports and on its page about the country. The Guardian newspaper's Style Guide says: "Ivory Coast, not 'The Ivory Coast' or 'Côte d'Ivoire'; its nationals are Ivorians". ABC News (USA), The Times, The New York Times, and the South African Broadcasting Corporation all use "Ivory Coast" either exclusively or predominantly."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%B4te_d%27Ivoire
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:51 AM
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1. Oh, come on. Do you really think Steve Doocy is capable of saying that?
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CrownPrinceBandar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:52 AM
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3. He's only had 26 years to learn...........
but, you're right, he probably couldn't (or couldn't be bothered).
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:51 AM
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2. It may be the official usage, but I don't think it really makes much
difference which European colonial name is used.
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CrownPrinceBandar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:56 AM
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8. But what about what the people there want?......
I don't live in a place called "The Colonies", I live in the United States.

But I take your point, and hate to be pedantic about it. But its disrespectful to ignore what people who live there want, even when its something as simple as what to call the place.
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:36 AM
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20. Really? How about Deutschland? España?
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:53 AM
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4. It's still a corrupt, impoverished shit-hole even if you give it a fancy French name
:nuke:
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frazzled Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:54 AM
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5. Well, China is officially Zhongguo and Belgium Belgique
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 09:55 AM by frazzled
But that's not what we call them in English.

There are few countries for which we use that country's official indigenous name.

And in Côte d'Ivoire I bet they don't call the United States of America by that name, but rather use "Les Etats-Unis"
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Drale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:57 AM
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9. Well technically China
Is the People's Republic of China, but no one ever uses that full name.
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frazzled Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:02 AM
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11. Not to the Chinese it aint.
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Drale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:06 AM
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13. In English sorry thats what I meant
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frazzled Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:33 AM
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18. Gotcha ...
But that's the whole point everyone on this thread is trying to make: we translate almost all country's names into English, just as other countries do in their languages. We're all just trying to say the OPs premise is, well, silly.
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:55 AM
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6. I think they should rename it Cote d'sang
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:19 AM
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23. Best response!
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:55 AM
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7. BFD-- maybe when we start calling Germany "Deutschland" and...
China whatever the fuck they call themselves we'll start speaking French.
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:58 AM
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10. we can say Cote d'Ivorie
right after we start saying Bundes Republic Deutschland and Muenchen.

Put that in your Peking duck and smoke it.

Probably half of the people in THIS country don't say Pierre the way the people of South Dakota do. (hint, it's not Pee-air)
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:02 AM
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12. And Finland should be Suomi, and Ireland Eire.
The list could go on forever. Côte d'Ivoire translates to Ivory Coast in English. In France, the United States is Les États-Unis, too. It's common practice for each language to call other countries by a translated or other name. So it goes.
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NeedleCast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:07 AM
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14. LOL, Seriously?
You do understand that countries are often not refered to by the full, national title, right?

We don't call North Korea the Democratic People's Republic of Korea do we? It's commonly refered to as North Korea. Just like we didn't refer to the United Soviet Socialist Republic by its "long" name, we called it USSR or Soviet Union.

FFS, the things people get upset about. You must have gobs of free time.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:08 AM
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15. Right and we're the United States, not Estados Unidos!
When will people finally learn how to speak american!
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:12 AM
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16. and do the French call their country "France"?
silly OP.
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thereismore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:19 AM
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17. But that's French and we don't do French... nt
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Morning Dew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:36 AM
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19. Ivorians?
I'm surprised we don't call them Coasters.
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:37 AM
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21. This reminds me of that SNL skit about the news report on the Sandanistas and Contras.
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:37 AM
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22. Really, news - show some respect for French Colonialism.
sheesh
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darkstar3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 10:33 AM
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24. And Spain is really Espana.
(There's an accent on that n, but not with my charset.)

Deutschland
Italia
etc...
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