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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