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The 21 Names of Belarus
U.K. (inspired by the intellgient Britney fans)
No kidding about that. Inspired by the misspellings of Britney Spears' first name I decided to find out how the name of our country is [mis-]spelled in the cyberspace. I guess this sounds somewhat crazy, but that was my idea of having fun on Belarus independence day (25th of March).
To make things easier, I decided to concentrate on the English-speaking part of the Net (as much as this was possible). Basically this means that I was only searching for spellings that could be used in English. I ignored other alphabets such as Cyrillics, extended Latin-based alphabets, Arabic, etc. I also ignored adjectives that could be used in Belarusian Latin script (e.g. bielaruski, bielaruskaja). Finally I ignored the variants from languages other than English even if they use Latin-based alphabet, e.g. Belorusko (in Czech) or Vitryssland (in Swedish). And here is what is left over:
So far the situation does not look bad at all! More than 90% of the time people spell it right. This is a big improvement in comparison with 1997-1998 when the form "Byelorussia" (promoted by the Russians) was much more popular. Unfortunately I couldn't find the old data (but will definitely post it here, if I find it). In any case, I will repeat a similar "search rating" in a year's time. And today's bonus, the tips on how to make your Google "speak" in Belarusan, assuming that you are using Internet Explorer.
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