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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 43, October 22, 2006, Article 10

LANGUAGE SNAFU SCUTTLES KAZAKHSTAN BANKNOTE RELEASE

According to a news report, "The Kazakhstan central bank has
misspelled the word "bank" on its new notes, officials said
on Wednesday.

The bank plans to put the misprinted notes -- worth 2,000 tenge
($15) and 5,000-tenge -- into circulation in November and then
gradually withdraw them to correct the spelling."

"The mistake ... is not just a spelling problem -- it has
political undertones," a letter from members of parliament to
President Nursultan Nazarbayev said."

"Language is a contentious issue in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhs were encouraged to speak Russian, which is written in
Cyrillic script, during Soviet times but since independence in
1991, the country has seen the Kazakh language as a national symbol.

The Kazakh word for bank is the Cyrillic form of "bank." On the
new note, the word was written with an alternate Kazakh form of
the letter K, which has a slightly different pronunciation."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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