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Old 19 April 2018, 09:17 PM
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Default Swaziland king renames country 'the Kingdom of eSwatini'

There are not many people in the world who are able to change the name of a nation. But King Mswati can - he is one of the world's few absolute monarchs.

King Mswati III of Swaziland announced on Wednesday that he was renaming the country "the Kingdom of eSwatini".

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-43821512
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Old 19 April 2018, 09:59 PM
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He explained that the name had caused some confusion, saying: "Whenever we go abroad, people refer to us as Switzerland."
And now the people Sweden are wondering if they can change their name, too.

ETA: https://satwcomic.com/still-a-long-way

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Old 20 April 2018, 11:17 AM
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For alphabetical Sporcling purposes, I wonder whether the name now will go under S still, or E, or K. I'll have to go give the quiz a spin.

If K, it messes up my K mnemonic
(There is a K-country for every vowel, including Y- Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, and Kyrgyzstan)
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Old 20 April 2018, 06:01 PM
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I just think "eSwanti" sounds like an online commerce company with a vague business plan.
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Old 20 April 2018, 06:37 PM
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It sounds like an online company from around the year 2000, during the dot com bubble. Putting a lowercase 'e' in front of your online company's name is a bit passe now, I believe.
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If K, it messes up my K mnemonic
If K then I think your mnemonic is already messed up. There are others with "Kingdom of...".

(Reminds me of when the King of Jordan pointed out at some international event that, alphabetically, his country should go before I - not in K or J - but in H. I can't find that old news now...)
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It sounds like an online company from around the year 2000, during the dot com bubble. Putting a lowercase 'e' in front of your online company's name is a bit passe now, I believe.
Yeah, if he was smart he'd announce that laws would be decided using blockchain. I don't really know what blockchain is but I'd invest heavily in their bonds.
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Old 21 April 2018, 01:32 AM
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The name eSwatini predates the World Wide Web. It sounds funny in English because English is a funny language, not because it is a particularly funny name.
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For some reason, it makes me think of a website that sells tortellini.
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Old 21 April 2018, 11:40 PM
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The (unusual to English readers) capitalisation is part of the spelling rules for proper nouns in Nguni languages. It reflects the way in which prefixes are applied to a root word to modify its meaning - so the Swazi people are called "emaSwati", a singular Swazi person is "liSwati", the language is "siSwati", the country is "eSwatini", etc.

ET: it's pronounced, approximately, "eh-swa-teeny".

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If K then I think your mnemonic is already messed up. There are others with "Kingdom of...".

(Reminds me of when the King of Jordan pointed out at some international event that, alphabetically, his country should go before I - not in K or J - but in H. I can't find that old news now...)
Yes, but sporcle does not require "kingdom of," same as I type "China" under "C" and not under "P" for "People's Republic of..." :P

It's a petty change for me, either way.
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Now if Chile would change their name (CH is the postal code for Switzerland, CL is Chile), then maybe my mail from the U.S. wouldn't spend so much time in transit.
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