Monday, September 22, 2003

When spelling matters

Hi-De-Ho Rene,

Don't know what to make of this story, exactly. It seems that a coalition of Korean academics and politicians -- North AND South -- believe that the official English-language spelling of their country's name was hijacked by Japan.

"Korea" should have been "Corea," see, except that the Japanese occupiers wanted "Japan" to come first in the alphabet. Or something like that.

It says a lot about the power of language as symbol that this is one issue that can unite North and South Korea.



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