27 May 2005
Pronunciation

Beijing not Peking; Newcassell not Newcastle; Me-hi-co not Mexico.

But…

Paris not Paree; Vienna not Wien; Dublin not Baile Ath Cliath.

Why asks Don Boudreaux.

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  1. There never was such a place as ‘Peking’. It is written in Wade-Giles Mandarin transliteration system, in which ‘pe’ is pronounced ‘bei’ and ‘king’ is pronounced ‘jing’.

    ‘Beijing’ was always the correct pronunciation, but no one told the rest of us!

    Posted by babu on 31 May 2005 at 03:35pm

  2. And can we please have Quixote back instead of this tedious kee-ho-ty rubbish?

    Posted by dearieme on 31 May 2005 at 08:53pm

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