Istanbul Not Constantinople

Well everyone, get out your maps and globes, because Turkey has changed its country’s name… again. The name change is much more difficult to spell, but hey, at least they won’t be confused with Thanksgiving.

The Middle Eastern country officially changed its name in December to Türkiye (when the English spelling is used). The decision was made to better reflect the culture and traditions of the country.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a circular in early December making the change to preserve the values that come from the deep-rooted history of the Turkish nation.

“The phrase Türkiye represents and expresses the culture, civilization and values of the Turkish nation in the best way,” the circular says. “In this context, the phrase ‘Made in Türkiye’ is now being used instead of ‘Made in Turkey’ on our export products, which are the pride of our country in international trade.”

The only things Made in Türkiye are Islamic warlord-dictators and, I don’t know, olive oil?