Another Cultural Misunderstanding That Might Have Been Averted
I don't know why everyone in the world doesn't just ask me first. I would have been really happy to help Turkey avoid this headline:
The government has decided to build the proposed Ordu-Giresun airport, or ORGİ, Turkish Transportation Minister Binali Yıldırım said Wednesday.
Now, I don't want to read too much into this, but one thought strikes me. It's highly unlikely that no one involved in these plans had any idea what that word means. I'd bet the farm that someone did, but was too embarrassed to explain it, especially if it meant contradicting an authority figure.
So. Turkish culture: Some people know something about Western culture, but are too embarrassed and afraid of authority to tell their bosses what they know. Western culture: Most people believe the world's cultures are a multi-hued tapestry or a savage anti-American wasteland, in either case in a galaxy far, far away--in other words, we don't know the first thing about other cultures. So it's highly unlikely that in an analogous situation, however unafraid of authority we are, any of us would know enough to tell our bosses, "Sir, that name's just going to make a lot of the world make fun of our country."
Anyway, Turkey, let me know if you need me to proofread next time. Trust me, I know that language barrier is not easy to bridge.