14 Sep2007

Just a quick post as a result of an interesting conversation we had at the dinner table this evening. In the past 30 years or so, several countries and cities have changed their names, often pulling back from well known names coined during colonial times back to more traditional or language based names. But as a result, several phrases seem to have turned silly, or seem less appealing. I mean, how many people look at each other at a Chinese restaurant and say “okay, we will have the Beijing Duck three ways.” Or “I’ll have Sri Lankan tea, thanks.” Or “nakabili ka ba ng sibuyas Mumbai (were you able to purchase Mumbai onions?). Or “is that a beautiful Myanmarese ruby, or what?!” Or “did you SEE those preppy golfers a flight ahead of us wearing those outrageous Chennai plaid shorts?” And finally, “aren’t those Zimbabwean Ridgeback puppies cute?” Heehee. :) Can you think of any others? See, geography discussions during dessert and tea need not be droll and boring… The Kid had practically NO IDEA what we were talking about ,and perhaps so do some of you (Beijing=Peking, Sri Lanka=Ceylon, Mumbai=Bombay, Myanmar=Burma, Chennai=Madras and Zimbabwe=Rhodesia).



  1. TOPING says:

    You left out Thai (Siamese) cat, Iranian (Persian) rug, Ethiopian (Abyssinian) cat (or pig), Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmanian) devil, Joseon (Korean) bug, the musical Miss Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), the New Amsterdam (New York) Yankees, the food outlet Edo Edo (Tokyo Tokyo)…

    Sep 14, 2007 | 9:09 pm


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  3. Marketman says:

    Toping, HAHAHA, Marketman and family giggle with delight, we knew there were a lot more…

    Sep 14, 2007 | 9:44 pm

  4. Ted says:

    Plutonium may not be around much longer either ;-)

    Sep 15, 2007 | 12:04 am

  5. Ted says:

    I thought Myanmar is not recognized by the UN, Should i call the Burmese Tiger position, Myanmar Tiger now? ;-)

    Sep 15, 2007 | 12:26 am

  6. Maria Clara says:

    General Santos City – GenSan (Dadiangas).

    Sep 15, 2007 | 12:28 am

  7. ajyoung says:

    How about Manila paper, Shanghai lumpia, Hong Kong noodles, Java coffee, Peruvian Steak, Hungarian Sausage, singaporean Sling (a cocktail drink), Chilean Sea Bass,Pacific Blue Marlin, Alaskan King Crab, Bangkok Santol, and lastly Java Rice :) Whew!!!

    Sep 15, 2007 | 4:43 am

  8. dee bee says:

    Some years ago, I had a pet Beijingese (Pekingese) :)

    Sep 15, 2007 | 7:33 am

  9. John says:

    My addition to things and goods that were attached to their colonial place of origin, with the corresponding modern day equivalent of the place in parenthesis:Persian rug(Iran),Formosa tea(taiwan), French-Indochina silk(vietnam), Dutch East Indies coffee(Indonesia),Siam rice(thailand),Pancit Canton(Guangzhou),Miss Saigon(Ho Chi Minh),

    Sep 15, 2007 | 8:10 am

  10. mrs m says:

    how about madras curry, kashmir tea, manila clams, maui steaks, brussel sprouts, bengal tiger, turkish delights, moroccan tagine, belgian chocolates, cornish hens, etc, etc, etc (from the king of siam):)

    Sep 15, 2007 | 10:19 am

  11. Marketman says:

    Heehee, amazing how many items are linked to cities or nations… but the original intent of the post are those cities whose names have since changed…

    Sep 15, 2007 | 10:36 am

  12. betty mahmoudy says:

    How about Praetorian Guard = Tshwane Guard? Bad example, I know. Rhodesian ridgebacks are the cutest – and they certainly won’t seem as cute if they become Zimbabwean ridgebacks!

    Sep 15, 2007 | 1:01 pm

  13. lee says:

    The historic 1986 Highway 54 Revolution.

    Sep 15, 2007 | 4:30 pm

  14. TOPING says:

    Lee, that one nails the coffin. ;-o It was right under our noses. Shame on the rest of us for overlooking that one, hehe…

    Sep 15, 2007 | 6:24 pm

  15. Catalina says:

    Here’s one more: Pancit Guangdong (Canton).

    Sep 16, 2007 | 11:44 am

  16. ivan man dy says:

    Im glad that you can still find Pansit Malabon in Malabon and Pansit Molo in well, Molo. And hey dont you just love anything that’s lutong Macao?

    Sep 16, 2007 | 6:45 pm

  17. jules winnfield says:

    finally thought of something! although not food (hopefully) –> french sheperd (if you’re in alsace, france, which was part of germany for some years) and german kiss (also when doing it in alsace, hehehehe).

    Sep 17, 2007 | 2:14 pm

  18. CecileJ says:

    The Mumbai sibuyas reminded me of a news item I read about a gang of Indians kidnapping their own kind for ransom here in Manila. The Police dubbed them the “Sibuyas Gang”!

    Sep 17, 2007 | 3:43 pm

  19. lee says:

    Are Greek onions Sibuyas Pompeii?

    Sep 17, 2007 | 4:43 pm

  20. shalimar says:

    great post…i cant imagine calling my boss dogs zimbabwean ridgebacks

    Sep 18, 2007 | 8:11 am

  21. jules winnfield says:

    ahehehe…. ‘taught’ pala. i really hate it when i can’t edit posts, aaaargh.üüü

    dropped by wiki to get some redeeming entries here:

    ‘Yamataikoku’ sake – 3rd century japan
    ‘Low Countries’ waffle – middle age belgium
    ‘Burdigala’ wine – 300BC bordeaux
    ‘Aotearoa’ mussels – new zealand in maori
    ‘New Holland’ pies – 17th century australia
    ‘Divio’ mustard – 11th century dijon
    ‘Mediolanum’ spaghetti – 600BC milan
    ‘Owyhee’ poi – 17th century hawaii


    Sep 18, 2007 | 12:04 pm


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