From: Roozbeh Pournader (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed May 21 2003 - 06:04:46 EDT
On Tue, 20 May 2003, Rick Cameron wrote:
> Encyclopaedia Britannica online has an article titled 'Persian Language',
> which starts 'also called Farsi'.
and 'also called Dari' in Afghanistan.
> ...so it appears to me that 'Farsi' is a well-established alternative to
> 'Persian' among English-speakers.
It is an alternative, yes. But the real problem is: it creates lots of
confusion. I have encountered many developers that thought these are two
different languages. Also, you should look both in 'F' and 'P' each time
you want to choose a software setting, for example. Unification has the
benefit of simplification.
> Why should we avoid calling the language 'Farsi'?
Because some people, specifically local linguists backed by a government,
insist that it is wrong. Thus, it becomes politically wrong.
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