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Firok?

Remember FYROM, “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”? Until this month our government used this circumlocution (as others still do) to avoid calling the country of Macedonia by its name, in order not to anger the Greeks, who fear the name as a precursor to irredentism. Well, Al Kamen’s In the Loop column in the Washington Post coined a new euphemism we might be hearing, if the January elections in Iraq are unsuccessful, to keep from angering the Turks: FIROK, the “Former Iraqi Republic of Kurdistan.” Improbably enough, the word actually means “airplane” in Kurdish.

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