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Giorgia on my mind

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What to call “Georgia”? Some people have moved to rename the country “Sakartvelo” which is what the Georgians (or should that be “Karvelebi”?) themselves call the country in their native Georgian (”Kartuli”).

Georgian Journal Editor’s comment: Georgia or Sakartvelo?

The good thing about the current name is that it’s easily pronounceable and widely known but it’s often confused with the US State of Georgia and so, when people ask me where I live, it does take a bit more effort than it should to explain which “Georgia” I mean, but if we switched to “Sakartvelo” I’d just be faced with scrunched up faces, bared top teeth, and people grunting “uh”?

Personally I’m comfortable using both depending on who I’m speaking to - even “Groooozia” when speaking to Russian speakers but there’s, perhaps, one thing which the current name does for English speakers (at least) and that is to make them feel somewhat closer to the country - “Georgia” has an endearing quality to it, which is something to be valued.

If it must be changed then maybe it would be simpler to just change the “e” to and “i” and pronounce it like everyone says the most common male first name in the country, “Giorgia”?

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