Today in History: March 21



In 1935

What once was Persia and the Persian*

Was renamed Iran** and Iranian.

Now using the old names might be an aspersion.

*Reza Shah Pahlavi wanted foreign diplomats to use Iran, its indigenous name, rather than the Greek-derived Persia.

** The word 'Iran' is a cognate of "Aryan'; both are derived from the same original Indo-European word that meant 'compatriot'.





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  • Thank you for the fascinating word-related story. Iran and Aryan -- I'd never observed before, my dear AW, but I'll remember now!

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