Remember the Beatles' song "Back in the USSR"?
Well, Ukraine boys really knock me out
They leave the rest behind
Moscow boys make me sing and shout,
And Georgia boys are always on my mind....
If you're like me, you've often wondered why there is a country named Georgia in the Caucasus mountains, with no connection to the U.S. state of Georgia.
Georgia the state was named after King George II. Who was Georgia the country named after?
Nobody. The official name of the country is Sakartvelo. Georgia comes from the Persian name for the people, gurgan ("wolves"), which entered Arabic as jurjan, and European languages as georgian.
If that's not confusing enough, its ancient name was Iberia, which has nothing to do with Spain or the Iberian Peninsula.
The capital is Tbilisi, which is easier to pronounce than it looks.
English: I have a big sausage.
Georgian: Me mak’vs didi dzekhvi
English: Come to my room.
Georgian: Modi ch’ems ot’akhshi
More after the break