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Re: *Tyrannus tyrannus* and Re: MEGABADGERS & SLAVOIA

This is a bit off topic, but it might be useful to other members of the list.

In a message dated 5/12/01 6:51:31 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
david.marjanovic@gmx.at writes:

Did they really write Kazakstan without h? I'm confused about that state,
because it is usually written Kazakhstan, because it's that in Russian
(KA3AXCTAH, actually), but my brother has stamps that are unambiguously from
KA3AKCTAH (Kazakstan without h).

The spelling is in something of a state of flux.  Various sources will cite
"Kazakhstan" or "Kazakstan" seemingly at random, sometimes using both
spellings on the same page.  I know at one point the government expressed a
preference for "Kazakstan", but for all I know they may have reversed this
position since then.

  The sounds are IMHO too different that the
Russian version could be a

misunderstanding (X is like
German/Czech/Scottish/... ch) Does anyone know

  which is correct?

Neither.  The Kazakh spelling is "Qazaqstan", the q representing a uvular

--Nick P.