Saturday, 23 June 2012

endonymy or we call it maize

Watching the soccer (Football, FuรŸball) match between two countries known outwardly (exonym) by their monikers in the Lingua Franca in the Baltic city of Gdaล„sk (Danzig), I wondered how they take to being called something completely different and view the lingering imperialism of language. Of course, English is not the only steamroller and all peoples historically developed their own roots and reasons to talk about outsiders, but as the choice of a common tongue above the din and babbling, it’s interesting to consider how labels and aliases are just one persona and taking a deeper look is quite telling.