Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Zhong guo

I don't understand why we translate country names. I'm in China, and here they call their country "Zhong guo."

So where did we get China from? And if we are going to get into the business of translating the country's name, couldn't we realize that this one actually means something? It means "Middle Country" or "Middle Kingdom." So whose job was it to come up with "China," and where did he or she (probably he, I guess) get it from?