26 February 2009

Rebranding "British" Columbia

For me personally... it's a tossup between "Moonbattia" and "Oz"...

"The consonant-vowel pattern is readily manageable by speakers of language with clustered consonants, such as English, but also easily accessible for languages, such as Japanese, that do not have consonant clusters."

"It also does not have "r" and "l" (I think linguists call these "liquids") which are not easily moved from one language to another. Given the linguist plurality of British Columbia and of its Pacific neighbours, I think some thought should be given to how interlingual the name is."

"I am also very partial to Aboriginal words because they evoke this place in a way that no Latin or English word can."
Get your licks in... while you still can.

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FROM THE COMMENTS:
"How do you say, 'the government spent all our money on the Olympics' in Chinook?"
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5 comments:

BDFT said...

How do you say, "the government spent all our money on the Olympics" in Chinook?

Neo Conservative said...

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oooh... there's a contender.

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Anonymous said...

Unpronounceable symbol formerly known as British Columbia.

langmann said...

Nice one BDFT.

From the article "I have a sneaking suspicion that "Cascadia" works for educated, urban, professional people -- in Vancouver and Victoria -- but has little resonance for the rest of the province.

Anyone notice that little elitist tidbit? Must have been a Liberal who wrote that insinuation that only educated people live in urban environments...

BDFT said...

Yeah, all of us uneducated, rural unprofessional types in the rest of BC are too busy cutting down the tree, digging up minerals, pumping oil and catching fish to worry about what some self important professor of advanced basket weaving wants to name the province. He should try peddling that in Prince George and see how fast he gets laughed out of town.