Turkey changes name and officially changes name due to negative meaning – Reuters
Turkey will officially know to call itself Türkiye – after the word’s negative connotations – at the United Nations after making a formal request last week
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Turkey decided to change its official name after its negative links with the animal or a “stupid person”.
The European country will now be known as Türkiye in the United Nations, after accepting a formal request from Ankara.
The name change comes in part because the word is commonly associated with the bird usually eaten at Christmas or Thanksgiving.
In the Cambridge English Dictionary, a definition of ‘turkey’ is “something that fails badly” or “a stupid or foolish person”.
The UN has since walked out and said it made the change “as soon as possible” after the country sent a request last week, the BBC reports.
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Several international bodies will be asked to change their names as part of a rebranding campaign launched by the Turkish president late last year.
In December, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “”Turkey is the best representation and expression of the culture, civilization and values of the Turkish people”.
Most Turks already know their country as Türkiye, but Anglicized Turkey is widely used even within the country.
The new rebranding will see all exported products bearing the “Made in Türkiye” logo, similar to a “Hello Türkiye” tourism program that was launched earlier this year.
The change was greeted with mixed emotion by the Turks.
While government officials support the decision, many have called it “ineffective entertainment” as the president heads into an election next year amid the ongoing economic crisis.
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Turkey is following in the footsteps of many other countries that have decided to change their name.
In 2020, the Netherlands decided to drop their well-known Dutch name as part of a rebrand.
Whereas before that, Macedonia changed its name to North Macedonia after a political dispute with Greece.
In 2018, the African country Swaziland became Eswatini.
While further back in time, Iran was previously called Persia, Thailand was Siam, and Rhodesia was replaced by Zimbabwe.