Saturday, December 11, 2004


Ruth Walker devotes her latest "Verbal Energy" to the perils of transliteration, after readers of the Christian Science Monitor complained about the spelling of Kiev.

It's a problem you've no doubt come across at your own newspaper -- Falluja? Fallujah? Fallouja?

In most instances, the way you write it won't matter as long as your paper is consistent.

But Walker tells a story of when politics can come into play as well -- and why news outlets usually stick to the middle.


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