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Very well, that settles it. For now on it's Burma. By the way I'm still a bit conflicted on Siam. I have a Siamese fighting fish but like pad Thai.
Candidate says CampaignConfusingBabies kiss me Since I've been using Burma-Shave
Sorry, I was just driving along a road called Political Nonsense.
Cat breeds are the best predictor.It was always a Burmese cat and never a Myanmarian cat. It was always a Russian Blue cat and never a Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Blue cat.Oddly enough, there is such a thing as a Siamese Thai cat. LINK.But a quick spin on teh Googles shows there’s no such thing as an Iranian cat, only a Persian cat, so . . .Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, . . .
Uh oh, I see a lefty ad hominem dilemma coming!
"Penguins don't come from next door, they come from the Antarctic." "Burma!""Why did you say Burma?" "I panicked."
Even if it is Burma, Bush is still a mush-mouthed idiot whenever he says 'Burma'. Did I get it right?
Navigated that pretty well, I'd say.
I agree with Fallows, although I dissent on the implicit suggestion that I still wouldn't prononce it flibblewibble instead of Burma (or Mumbai instead of Bombay, or Kolkata instead of Calcutta) even if it was "being culturally respectful to the people of a beautiful but oppressed nation." As Fallows correctly notes, "[w]e don't call China Zhongguo or Germany Deutschland just because the locals do."
licorice tattoo turned a gun metal blue scrawled across the shouldersof a dying town the one eyed jacks across the railroad tracksand the scar on its belly pulled a stranger passing throughhe was a juvenile delinquent never learned how to behavebut the cops would never think to look inburma shaveand the road was like a ribbon and the moon was like a bonehe didn't seem to be like any guy she'd ever knownhe kinda looked like farley granger with his hair slicked backshe says i'm a sucker for a fella in a cowboy hathow far are you going he said depends on what you meanhe says i'm going thataway just as long as it's pavedi guess you'd say i'm on my way toburma shaveand her knees up on the glove compartmenttook out her barrettes and her hair spilled out like rootbeerand she popped her gum and arched her backhell marysville ain't nothing but a wide spot in the roadsome night my heart pounds just like thunderi don't know why it don't explodecause everyone in this stinking town has got one foot in the graveand i'd rather take my chances out inburma shavepresley's what i go by why don't you change the stationcount the grain elevators in the rearview mirrormister anywhere you point this thinghas got to beat the hell out of the stingof going to bed with every dream that dies here every morninand so drill me a hole with a barber polei'm jumping my parole just like a fugitive tonightwhy don't you have another swigand pass that car if you're so bravei wanna get there before the sun comes up inburma shaveand the spider web crack and the mustang screamedsmoke from the tires and the twisted machinejust a nickel's worth of dreams and every wishbone that they savedlie swindled from them on the way toburma shaveand the sun hit the derrick and cast a bat wing shadowup against the car door on the shot gun sideand when they pulled her from the wreck you know shestill had on her shadesthey say that dreams are growing wild just this side ofburma shave(Tom Waits)
This trend to say it like the locals is something I blame on Dan Rather -- seriously! Way back when he reported from Kabul (ca-BOOL), but he pronounced is as Cobble, like the natives do, I guess. And all of a sudden, we're saying cities like the natives do. Unless it's in Europe.
Peking is behind the trouble.
If anyone hasn't read the Wikipedia link on the subject I encourage it. Obviously I can't vouch for its factual accuracy but it seems credible. Honestly I am fascinated by the amount of effort being put into this by all parties.
"You most likely know it as Myanmar, but it will always be Burma to me."-J. Peterman
I think there was an SNL skit once about white news anchors working out terrible accents when saying the Latin/South American country and city names. Good stuff."Civil unrest continues is Cohlambia today..."
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