[Ads-l] politically correct geography

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 13 18:51:15 EDT 2017

We know by now that it's "East Asia" not "the Orient" and that it's vital
to write "Kosovo" with one S, not two. If you're talking about South Korea
(not North), the Sea of Japan is "the East Sea."  The "Persian Gulf" is now
the "Arabian Gulf," because not only is there no longer any "Persia," an
"Iranian Gulf" sounds like a territorial claim by the wrong side.Two
hundred years ago the "German Ocean" became the "North Sea."

Still I was surprised to hear a UK official mention "the British Channel."


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