All I want to know is it pronounced Cutter or Cahtar? I always thought it was Cahtar, but when they got the World Cup everyone was saying Cutter. The other day when the Saudis, Bahrain, and UAE declared them terrorist-backers, Christiane Amanpour pronounced it Cahtar.
I remember randomly watching Jeopardy one day and Alex Trebek pronounced it Cutter and I had no idea what he was talking about for a few seconds. Since then, I feel like I’ve heard more people say Cutter than Cahtar. I’m assuming the pronunciation of Qatar in arabic is more like Cutter than Cahtar.
That’s how I was when they announced the World Cup. I was thinking where the hell is Cutter? Never heard of it. If it was some uncultured American saying Cahtar the other day on CNN, I would have shrugged it off, but Christiane Amanpour is British and Iranian. Maybe there is no correct way. Maybe it’s like Missoureee and Missouraah.
On a side note. Why is Christiane Amanpour considered attractive? I don’t see it. Is it the accent and her projection of worldliness?
While the obnoxious American in me wants to agree, I think we should move to a world where countries only have one name, not several based on your own native language. For example, why can’t we all just say Deutschland instead of English speakers saying Germany and Spanish speakers saying Alemania? Why can we all just say England instead of Spanish Speakers saying Inglaterra and Frech speakers saying Angleterre? I get it that Inglaterra and Angleterra are the literal translations of England, but aren’t we evolved enough to just say England or Deutschland or Espana? I mean we go to the trouble of learning how to pronounce the names of hot gymnasts and tennis players from Россия, so why can’t we learn to say ross-SEE-ya?
I was watching Rick Stein in India (British celeb chef/national treasure) and he kept saying Madras and then awkwardly trying to justify it as he’s always said it that way. I’m sure people there probably wouldn’t give a shit. I once heard someone ask a guy from Zimbabwe if he was from Rhodesia, that was a f ucking laugh.
Myanmar isn’t that cut and dry, some people there still call it Burma themselves.