Wednesday, July 6, 2011

How gauche of me!

I realised the other day that I've been mistakenly calling the nation of Samoa "Western Samoa", even though it changed its name in 1997.

I'm mortified. Why did no-one correct me? It's as if I'd been calling Malawi "Nyasaland", or Zimbabwe "Rhodesia", or the Democratic Republic of Congo "Zaire", or Cambodia "Kampuchea", or actually daring to use the term "Czechoslovakia". (Although to be fair, it seems that American Samoans still say "Western Samoa", just to be contrary.)

Anyway, I've made the amendments. (The web-link will stay as it is, as a marker of my shame.)

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