From: John Cowan (email@example.com)
Date: Sun May 18 2003 - 10:59:35 EDT
Roozbeh Pournader scripsit:
> Well, the question is: who told you to call it Farsi?!
Nobody, officially. But the term has come into use in U.S. English at least,
for whatever reasons, since the Revolution. (Google statistics aren't
directly helpful here, because of course "Persian" remains current in
"Persian cat", "Persian Gulf", "Persian carpet", and a variety of other
> ISO calls it Persian, Iranian Academy for Persian Language calls it
> Persian, Unicode book calls it Persian, ...
Persianists in this country seem to be quite firm for "Persian", but
Iranian immigrants tend to say "Farsi". Whether this is political
or not is not so clear.
-- What is the sound of Perl? Is it not the John Cowan sound of a [Ww]all that people have stopped firstname.lastname@example.org banging their head against? --Larry http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
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