Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Monee

Kazakhstan's (yeah, Borat) central bank has misspelled the word "bank" on the country's most recently printed money. According to government officials, it was no simple error, with some even citing "political undertones." According to Reuters:
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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