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Map Shows the Literal Translations of Country Names #ArtTuesday

OC Literal Translation of Country Names map

This map shows the literal translation of country names. There are some real gems in on here like: Spain->Land of Many Rabbits, or Mexico -> In The Navel of the Moon.

Created for Credit Card Compare seen on Open Culture:

Recently we featured a world map that labels each country not with its name in English, but its name in its own language. That surely proved not just a fascinating linguistic-geographical lesson but, for many, a helpful guide to referring to other lands in a much more sophisticated manner at cocktail parties. But whatever one’s motives, one ultimately has to wonder: what do all those country names actually mean? Few to none would have emerged as random assemblies of syllables; nearly all must have started as descriptions, to varying degrees of literalness, of the places they name.

Read more and see a larger version of the map here


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