Turkey wants to change its name in English to “Turkiye” because “Turkey” is too similar to the North American bird

WordReference Random House Learner’s Dictionary of American English © 2022
tur•key /ˈtɜrki/
n., pl. -keys, (esp. when thought of as a group) -key.
1. a large North American bird of the pheasant family.
2. the flesh of this bird, used as food:
[uncountable]a dinner of turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
3. Slang Terms[countable]
–a person or thing of little appeal or value:
This car is a turkey; it’s constantly breaking down.
–a naive, stupid, or inept person:
You went out with that turkey?!
–a poor or unsuccessful play or movie; a flop.(Show Business)

4. talk turkey, [Informal] to talk frankly and directly:
began to talk turkey about important issues.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2022
tur•key (tûr′kē),
n., pl. -keys, (esp. collectively) -key.
1. a large, gallinaceous bird of the family Meleagrididae, esp. Meleagris gallopavo, of America, that typically has green, reddish-brown, and yellowish-brown plumage of a metallic luster and that is domesticated in most parts of the world. See illus. in next column.
2. the flesh of this bird, used as food.
3. Birds: See ocellated turkey.
4. (Slang Terms) a person or thing of little appeal; dud; loser.
–a naive, stupid, or inept person.
–a poor and unsuccessful theatrical production; flop.
5. Sport[Bowling.] three strikes in succession.
6. talk turkey [Informal.]to talk frankly; mean business.


“Türkei will nicht mehr »Turkey« heißen; Die Türkei soll in der internationalen Diplomatie künftig »Turkiye« heißen – statt wie bisher »Turkey«. Zu groß ist laut dem Staatssender TRT die Ähnlichkeit zu einem »in Nordamerika beheimateten großen Vogel«, Der Spiegel, den 31. Mai 2022 (18:33 Uhr)

[Turkey no longer wants to be called »Turkey«; Turkey is to be called “Turkiye” in international diplomacy in the future – instead of “Turkey” as before. According to the state broadcaster TRT, the resemblance to a “large bird native to North America” is too great, Der Spiegel, May 31, 2022 (6:33 p.m.)]


Der Spiegel reports Turkey wants to change its name in English:

Revised Google translation

You can’t choose your name. But you can change it later: not only as a person, but also as a state. In any case, Turkey no longer wants to be called “Turkey” in English in international diplomacy – but “Turkiye”.

Some have been struggling with the English translation of the country’s name for a long time – partly because the English “Turkey” can also mean “turkey”. The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has now officially requested the UN and other international organizations to use the name “Turkiye” in the future, as reported by the state news agency Anadolu.

Export products are already running under a new name



Spell it as Erdoğan wants, among the nations of the world, in terms of its adherence to international law and being a good NATO partner, the country remains a “turkey”.

We are not referring to the bird. See the definitions above.

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