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  •  At one time Mahometan was standard (1+ / 0-)
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    but that was a deliberate insult, back in the time of the Crusades. Claiming that Muslims worship Mahomet or worse Mahound (actually Muhammad/Mohammed) is a case of the worst possible blasphemy to devout Muslims. It is called shirq, defined as associating partners with God. "There is no God other than God, and Muhammad is his Prophet." "Only God is great."

    At one time Peking was standard, and now China has decided that it should be Beijing, which is approximately how it is pronounced. The previous Wade-Giles romanization was merely scholarly overreach due to a since discredited theory of the development of languages, and thus only mildly insulting. But still stupid, and a relic of Empire.

    At one time Uluru in the Australian Outback was called Ayers Rock. Lovely giant bit of red sandstone with the layers turned vertical, and with its own ecology around it.

    Language changes for a variety of reasons. In these cases the people concerned got to decide what their own language is, and have that choice accepted even by outsiders. We could do with some more of it. Yes, Muslim is closer to the Arabic pronunciation.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 07:10:00 PM PDT

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