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‘Genuinely annoys Erdogan’ Turkey officially changes its name in fury at English meaning

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Turkey will now be known as Türkiye, which will be adopted by the United Nations this week. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is understood to be embarrassed by their country’s association with a ground feeding festive bird and the Cambridge English Dictionary’s definition saying the meaning of the word is “something that fails” or is “a stupid or silly person”. 

President Erdogan previously said in December: “Türkiye is the best representation and expression of the Turkish people’s culture, civilization, and values.” 

Selim Koru from the Foreign Policy Research Institute said: “The association with the bird genuinely annoys Erdogan and the people around him.” 

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