Fwd: Suzhou vs. Soochow

From:"Dr. Ian Montgomery"

        Very touchy subject, the American version of English. After the numerous postings regarding vendors let's not spark a trans Atlantic sparring contest.
        About to stain for the presence of a ciliate in the tissue of Norwegian lobster. Any suggestions for a suitable stain?

Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 08:45:22 -0500
From: "Smith, Allen" <asmith@mail.barry.edu>
Subject: Suzhou vs. Soochow
To: billions@public1.sz.js.cn
Cc: histonet@pathology.swmed.edu

Bob Richmond has performed a real service for older histologists.  Americans over the age of 40 learned geography when the accepted English spellings of foreign place names were based on the usual English mispronuncians rather than on the actual names. Thus, I learned Suzhou as Soochow, Beijing as Peking, etc.  Chinese places weren't the only ones to get this treatment.  We learned the capital of Turkey as Angora instead of Ankara and the capital of Georgia as Tiflis instead of Tiblisi.  The Italian cities of Firenze and Livorno were Florence and Leghorn to us.  Even in this day of reformed spelling, most Americans write Vienna instead of Wien and Copenhagen instead of Kobenhavn.

With apologies for our provincialism,

Allen A. Smith, Ph.D.
Barry University
School of Graduate Medical Sciences
    Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Miami Shores, Florida  33161-6695

Dr. Ian Montgomery,
Microscopy Service Unit,
Graham Kerr Building,
Institute of Biomedical & Life Sciences,
University of Glasgow,
G12 8QQ.
Tel: 0141 332 8855
Office: 4652
Lab: 6644.
e-mail: ian.montgomery@bio.gla.ac.uk

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