"Let's Drink Vodka Moderately"

It's been 800 years since Genghis Khan united the Mongol empire by force, which is as good a reason as any for a party. AP reports on the Mongol merry-making:

Getting in the spirit, the legislature granted amnesty to 1,590 prisoners, Ulan Bator authorities ordered 285 chronic alcoholics into drying-out clinics and the president urged Mongolians to party, though not too hard.

"Let's keep our streets clean and orderly," President N. Enkhbayar said on TV. "Let's sing our national anthem together. Let's drink vodka moderately."

Last year I had a short piece on the cultural evolution of Khan's image from brutal conquerer to kitschy symbol of all things Mongolian. And in that piece I probably should have predicted this:

The widespread use of the Genghis name for promotional purposes rankles with some who consider themselves stewards of the Khan's legacy.

D. Enkhtaivan is a former member of parliament and president of the Genghis Khan Management Association, a private group that promotes the study of Genghis Khan. It was he who came up with the idea of changing Ulan Bator to Genghis City, "just as Russians named St. Petersburg" after Peter the Great "and Americans named their capital city after George Washington."

But he wants such things regulated to prevent frivolous exploitation.

"We should have a law on the use of Genghis Khan's name," he said.

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    "We should have a law on the use of Genghis Khan's name," he said.

    Every party has one guy like this...

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    Well, I guess I get to be the pedant who says
    "Actually the name was Chingis Khan".

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    And I get to be the counter-pedant who points out that his name was Monglian and not spelled using the English alphabet. Chingis and Genghis are only attempts to approximate the proper pronunciation of his name.

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    I used to eat at a restaurant called "Genghis Khan's Mongolian Barbeque"

    I thought it was a nice touch that their receipts said "Genghis Khan Thanks You".

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    Did they have pony?

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    KHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!

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    Our Mongolian BBQ joint cooks its food on Khan's "inverted sheild". That adds a touch of class.

    How do pronounce it anyway, is it "Jen-jess" like Kerry said in those Senate Hearing tapes or is it "Gan-giss" , or are they both wrong?

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    So, I guess the Genghis Condom is a no-go...

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    They went wrong when they traded koumis for vodka. How sad.

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    Both are wrong. Chin-gis is approximately right, in English, Jin-gis or Jen-gis is also okay. I usually mispronounce it with two hard g's.

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    They went wrong when they traded koumiss for vodka. How sad.

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    You're all wrong.
    It's pronounced Chaka Khan.

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    ed, Tell Me Something Good.

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    I hope the Western Australian science fiction fen don't get in trouble for Genghis Con.

    Kevin

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    So, I guess the Genghis Condom is a no-go...

    And so is the new Truth or Genghis Khansequences game show.

    And by the way, the accepted standard spelling nowadays is "63n9HiZ kH@nxor." Noobs.

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    So, I guess the Genghis Condom is a no-go...

    Don't insult me or I'll steal your wife and burn your city to the ground.

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    Both are wrong. Chin-gis is approximately right, in English, Jin-gis or Jen-gis is also okay. I usually mispronounce it with two hard g's.

    If you're speaking English, it's not a mispronunciation. (Unless you think it's a mispronunciation to say "joo-lee-us see-zer" rather than "yoo-lee-us kye-sar" for Julius Caesar.

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