Sticks and stones, and Lusitania

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I've told you that Lithuania had been struggling with its image. It is official now. And as one of the means to improve that image a proposition to change its Lithuanian name was mentioned. I promise a more in-depth post about that, but in the meantime I would like to ask my English speaking readers what are their thoughts on that and what would be the best name for Lietuva in English. My Irish colleague calls it Lusitania.

Possible options:

Lituania
Litua
Lit
... or simply L? :)

On the other hand ... even though many tend to mishear our English name and think it is Ukraine or Romania, sticks and stones may break my [Lithuanian] bones, but names will never hurt me.

 
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Anonymous - January 30, 2008 at 10:26 AM

What about Litva? (too like Latvia, the Russians and Poles aready have it.) Maybe Vilnia.

Spare a thought for Latvia, which in French and Italian is Lettonie and Lettonia, virtually identical to Lituanie and Lituania.

Why not turn the issue around change Vokietija to Germanija or Alemanija, Lenkija to Polija (like the Latvians say).

And the Lithuanians still haven't changed Rumunija to Romanija, as the Romanians want.

Perhaps they could do what Jonathon Franzen did in the novel The Corrections, change it to Lithuania Inc,. and offer shares in the country to global investors!!

Anonymous - January 30, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Litland, Lithland?

Anonymous - January 30, 2008 at 10:37 AM

The country formerly known as Lithuania. (Get Prince to write a new national anthem)


FSROL (The former Soviet Republic of Lithuania), taking a a cue from Macedonia

Basketland, Babeland, Suicideland, Zeppelinland.

The Insecure Land (cf Fast Show's Insecure woman: ¨Does my name bum look big in this name?¨ (obscure joke, sorry)

Primal Sneeze - January 30, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Lina-land(ia)?

Lina - January 31, 2008 at 12:22 AM

Linalandia it will be, Primal :) you guys rock!

John - January 31, 2008 at 8:56 PM

Just found your blog,I have often thought of Ireland from an immigrants point of view. I drive a taxi here in Dublin,so many people from so many lands. I wish you all the best of luck..soon our factories will be opening in a town near where you came from and your star will rise.
Good luck

Lithuanian Jotter - January 31, 2008 at 10:45 PM

Lituana?
Lita?
Hot-chicks-cheap-beer-landia?

Anonymous - February 25, 2008 at 8:19 PM

Lusitania.... Tell your ginger Irish friend: That's why absolute majority of emigrants from there choose Ireland.

Anonymous - May 17, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Lusitania IS in Portugal already.
Lina, you should have written: "change it's English name" by the link. ;)

How would they read Lietuva?
Laitjuve? (Lyityouvea?)

Anonymous - May 17, 2008 at 2:00 PM

It probably adds to the problem that Lithuanians can't pronounce the th sound and especially not the thua sounds exactly like the Irish or Englishmen do.

Mykolas - June 3, 2008 at 12:59 AM

Just a quick note to invite Lithuanian Bloggers and others who may be interested
In a new English Language forum for discussions about Lithuania and Lithuanians.
Blog owners are very much welcomed to join or discussions or to start a new topic of their own. Also please feel free to post information about your own blogs as well as links
To your home page or any post that you would like to share with future members.
Be among the first to contribute to this community effort and establish our credibility and
future reputation.

I posted this in your blog because I consider your own efforts to be of great interest and value to the English speaking portion of the greater ‘Lithuanian’ community. And have a certain measure of respect for you as and individual.

Mykolas (aka Bieksia)

All other’s are welcomed

KavinÄ— … http://forums.delphiforums.com/LTenglishForum/start

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