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).