The Name Game

We learned to call young Cassius Clay by his new name, Muhammad Ali, and we were still able to appreciate the basketball skills of Lew Alcindor when he became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Many people don’t even remember that the television personality and former pro football player they know as Ahmad Rashad started his playing days as Bobby Moore.

In the wider world, we learned that the city we grew up knowing as Peking is now Beijing and that the man who led the country of which that city is a part and we knew as Mao Tse-tung is now Mao Zedong. We also learned that one of our culinary favorites, Chinese Szechwan food, is now Chinese Sichuan food.

But now The Curmudgeon has learned – he’s not sure if he’s late to the party and missed it or if this is a relatively recent development – that the large city in India that we all knew as Calcutta is now known, according to the most recent edition of the Columbia Journalism Review, as Kolkata.


Oh, Calcutta!


Oh, Kolkata!

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  • kram88  On February 22, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Calling Dr. Bombay, Calling Dr. Bombay…. I mean Calling Dr. Mumbai, Calling Dr. Mumbai.

  • foureyedcurmudgeon  On February 22, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    “Dr. Bombay, Dr. Bombay, emergency, come right away.” Wonderful Bernard Fox: with the possible exception of Paxton Whitehead, perhaps the best of the British comedy supporting actor types.

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