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grizzly
130376.  Sun Dec 31, 2006 4:10 pm Reply with quote

-stan is a suffix from Persian or Sanskrit meaning "land of" or "place".

In English there are 7 existing countries with names ending with the suffix stan. These are:

Afghanistan
Kazakhstan (the home of fictional character Borat)
Kyrgyzstan
Pakistan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan

Pakistan has the greatest population of all the countries (in is just short of having double the population of the other 6 countries combined). Turkmenistan has the smallest population of the 7 countries. Kazakhstan has the largest land area of all of the countries, and is also the 9th largest country in the world. Tajikistan is the smallest of the countries and is slightly larger than England in terms of land area.

Although all 7 countries competed at the last Olympic games, only 2 won any medals, a total of 13 split between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, including 3 golds)

There was also the failed state of Khalistan, a country encompassing land in punjab speaking India and Pakistan. Although independence was declared in 1986, it was not successful. There's a lengthy wiki article about it (at end of post).

There was also the country East Pakistan, now Bangladesh.

In addition to countries with names ending with -stan, there are a large number of places and regions that also use the suffix in their name. Some notable ones include:

Kurdistan - the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Turkey.
Nurestan - a province of Afghanistan since 2001
Rajahstan - the largest province in India
Khuzestan - a province of Iran, historically called Elam

In other languages such as Persian, the suffix -stan is often used in the names of other countries. For example, the Persian word for England is Englistan and Fregistan is a often a word used for Europe (based on the word France).

-stan is also a suffix that has been applied to many other fictional places and is often used parodically. A list of examples:

Blogistan - alternative for Blogosphere

(Soviet) Canuckistan - a rather unflattering description of Canada used by Pat Buchanan (we spit in the man's face)

Derkaderkastan - name of a fictional country in the 2004 film "Team America: World Police"

Jafastan - a derogatory name for Auckland in New Zealand coming from the accronym JAFA (Just Another F***ing Aucklander, who realised that those New Zealanders could get so uptight)

Londonistan - name given to London by French counter-terrorism agents

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/-stan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalistan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jafa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Canuckistan#United_States
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Summer_Olympics_medal_count_for_countries_ending_in_-stan

 
CaptTimmy
130380.  Sun Dec 31, 2006 4:33 pm Reply with quote

Quote:
In other languages such as Persian, the suffix -stan is often used in the names of other countries. For example, the Persian word for England is Englistan and Fregistan is a often a word used for Europe (based on the word France).


Why exactly is all of Europe regarded to with a word based on France? I see no problem with Europistan.

 
Jawr256
131101.  Wed Jan 03, 2007 1:59 pm Reply with quote

CaptTimmy wrote:
Why exactly is all of Europe regarded to with a word based on France? I see no problem with Europistan.


Europeans are traditionally known as Franks in the Levant (an area of the Middle East) if that helps

 
grizzly
131106.  Wed Jan 03, 2007 2:30 pm Reply with quote

I think that is noted in the stans wiki entry but I didn't pick up on it.

 

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