Confusion with Turkey
Turkey no longer wants to be called “Turkey”.
May 31, 2022 at 8:46 pm
Turkey is called “Turkey” in international diplomacy. But since a North American bird also bears this name, President Erdogan is pushing for change. From now on the country name “Turkish” must be applied.
Turkey no longer wants to call itself “Turkey” in international diplomacy – rather, “Turkish”. The English translation of the country’s name has been at odds for a long time – in part because the English word “turkey” can also mean “Turkey”.
Now, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has officially called on the United Nations and other international organizations to use the name “Turkish” in the future, the official Anatolia News Agency reported. Accordingly, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu presented a message to this effect.
Turkey had already decided at the end of last year to use the “Made in Turkey” label for the export of products. Erdogan argued that this classification better reflects the culture, civilization, and values of the Turkish nation. State broadcaster TRT wrote: “Type ‘turkey’ into Google and you’ll get a complex set of images, articles and dictionary definitions linking the country to (…) a large bird native to North America.”
Turkish Airlines had already announced the new name in a video with the slogan “Hello Türkiye”. According to Anatolia, a government online advertising campaign aims to make the brand known globally.