A short post on place names and words

Accounts of my wedding and following tour of Europe will follow soon. In the meantime, a quotation from Norman Davies’s Europe: A History (1997, Pimlico: p. 88):

Place names … are infinitely mobile. They change over time; and they vary according to the language and the perspective of the people who use them. They are the intellectual property of their users, and as such have caused endless conflicts … In reality, where several variants exist, one cannot speak of correct or incorrect forms. One can only indicate the variant which is appropriate to a particular time, place or usage.

This is nicely put, and true of all language.


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