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On the business of spelling and pronouncing foreign names, Jonah, I refer
you to my definitive piece on this topic, published in that well-known
conservative magazine A.N.Other a couple of years ago. Sample quote: “Toponymical practice has now passed far beyond the bounds of reason into a realm of utter lunacy. The other day I needed to know the name of that wee gulf up in the top right-hand corner of the Mediterranean. I pulled down my Times Atlas of the World and got the answer: ‘Ïskenderun
körfezi.’ Now, I am sure that somewhere in there is the Turkish word for
’gulf,’ but alas, I had mislaid my Turkish dictionary. (So I went to the
attic and looked the place up in my grandfather’s 1922 atlas. ‘Gulf of
Alexandretta.’ Ah.)”


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