Off the Map: Curious Histories of Place Names

Off the Map: Curious Histories of Place Names

by Derek Nelson (Author)


Is it Rangoon, Burma (as the American media prefer), or Yangon, Myanmar (as their government decrees)? Is it Ivory Coast or Cote d'Ivoire? What keeps us from calling other countries by the names they use for themselves? The Hindu names for Indian isn't India and the Japanese don't call their country Japan. The tangled answers to these questions- and to dozens of other typonymic conundra- appear in this armchair adventure around the four corners of the globe (a biblical phrase that resulted in the belief that the earth was square).


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 200
Edition: illustrated edition
Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc
Published: Sep 1998

ISBN 10: 1568361742
ISBN 13: 9781568361741