Monday, December 05, 2005

One more question...

To Ross and anyone else who might have wondered...

If you look at old maps of East Asia, you may find that the name of the "Hermit Kingdom" used to be Corea (spelled with a "C"). Both spellings (with a "K" and with a "C") were used in the past, but some Koreans (Coreans) claim that the Japanese promoted the "K" spelling during the colonial period because "J" (for Japan) came before "K" in the alphabet. The spelling "Corea" is now popular mainly with nationalist Coreans (Koreans), though "Korea" remains the official spelling.

1 comment:

Ross said...

those whacky koreans. Next thing you know, they'll be making dragon vs helicopter movies.