The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0325 Wednesday, 19 April 2006
Date: Wednesday, 19 Apr 2006 06:47:53 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 17.0314 Monsieur La Far
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0314 Monsieur La Far
Syd Kasten is right in saying that the Chinese word for France "Fah
guo" is just a phonetic rendition of the country's name. This Chinese
loanword exists in Vietnamese as "Phap quoc." with 'Phap' representing
the phonetic part and the generic 'quoc' meaning 'land',.'country'.
Likewise, "My quoc" comes from the phonetic aMErica, and "Anh quoc" from
There is no basis in attributing any 'meaning' to what basically is a
universal phonetic phenomenon. People name foreign countries according
to the sounds of their names, not their meaning.
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