Friday, April 19, 2013

They Both Start with the 'Ch' Sound

The Czech Republic is currently having to deal with the American version of geographic knowledge:

As more information on the origin of the alleged perpetrators is coming to light, I am concerned to note in the social media a most unfortunate misunderstanding in this respect. The Czech Republic and Chechnya are two very different entities - the Czech Republic is a Central European country; Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation.

It says something about both social media and American life, I fear, that the Czech embassy actually felt it had to release a formal statement devoted to it.

What really worries me is that there might be Americans who would read the last sentence above and think, "But aren't Central European countries part of the Russian Federation?"

4 comments:

  1. MrsDarwin12:03 PM

    Does one laugh or cry?

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  2. branemrys5:07 PM

    I know, right?

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  3. What really worries me is that there might be Americans who would read the last sentence above and think, "But aren't Central European countries part of the Russian Federation?"

    It wouldn't be totally unprecedented. A few decades back there was a problem with Russians thinking that all Central European countries were part of the Russian Federation...

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  4. branemrys9:47 AM

    True! I imagine there are a few who still think it.

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