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The Czech Republic Is Changing Its English Name

Two words, it seems, is just too much.

Straka Academy, the seat of the Czech government. (Photo: Packa/CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Czech Republic is expected to change its English name to one-word: Czechia, part simplification, part marketing move for a country currently saddled with a 14-character moniker. 

The move, which is expected to be officially cemented Thursday by the country’s leadership, is a push to make it easier for companies and sports teams, among others, to represent the country internationally (and, possibly, for fans to tweet about it). 

The old name will formally stick around, however, in the same way that The French Republic goes by France. 

The country was created in 1993 after the breakup of Czechoslovakia. Some had been using “Czech” for short since then, but, as the BBC points out, Czech is an adjective.