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Old 04-11-2018, 11:31 AM
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Default Re: The Café of Doom

Originally Posted by Stryke View Post
So, of course, we all know about Czechoslovakia, that one country formed from the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I. You likely also know about the Velvet Divorce, where the Czechs and the Slovaks peacefully broke their country into two pieces: the Czech Republic and Slovakia. However, something doesn't quite add up here. Let's take a closer look at the name Czechoslovakia. After it broke up, the Czechs took the "Czech" out of the name to make the Czech Republic, while the Slovaks took "Slovakia" out to form Slovakia. But there's that one "o" that separates the two in Czechoslovakia that, after 1993, simply ceased to be. Where did it come from? Where is it now? Is there a secret nationality of O's, or Oian people waiting for their opportunity to strike and ambush another unwitting European country in order to take their land and form their own nation?? If you fund my Kickstarter...
Honestly the o can be considered a part of the Czech name. "Czechoslovakia" is "Československo" in both Czech and Slovak, and Czechia itself is "Česko". So the "o" went to the Czech Republic. Mystery solved.

A better question is where did the dash in Czecho-Slovakia go? Read all about the Hyphen war:
It's an adorable CANCEL.
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