[tz] Kyiv

Clive D.W. Feather clive at davros.org
Fri Dec 15 21:16:50 UTC 2017

Random832 said:
> "The request by the Ukrainian government for Kyiv to become the standard
> English spelling has been successful to an extent, with the US Board on
> Geographic Names approving the spelling and the White House and UK
> Foreign Office, among others, using it."


uses Kyiv, though the map also has Kiev on it.

> I think (if this is indeed the case), this is a strong argument for
> making the change.

It's evidence, though if common usage disagrees then it's not enough.

For example, the BBC's web site uses both forms, but Kiev appears to be
more common.

> Incidentally, this is not without precedent.  The following links all
> appear to be the result of similar "transliteration" changes.
> Link    Asia/Ashgabat           Asia/Ashkhabad
> Link    Asia/Kolkata            Asia/Calcutta
> Link    Asia/Dhaka              Asia/Dacca
> Link    Asia/Kathmandu          Asia/Katmandu
> Link    Asia/Macau              Asia/Macao
> Link    Asia/Yangon             Asia/Rangoon
> Link    Asia/Thimphu            Asia/Thimbu
> Link    Asia/Ulaanbaatar        Asia/Ulan_Bator
> Link    Pacific/Pohnpei         Pacific/Ponape
> Link    Pacific/Chuuk           Pacific/Truk

I don't recognize all of those, but I do recognize many and they're the
forms used generally nowadays. Just as the city formerly known as Bangalore
is now usually Bengaluru. By contrast, Moskva is still called Moscow by
most English speakers.

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