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    titicaca or titikaka

    Which would be more appropriate ? Titicaca or Titikaka?

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    Re: titicaca or titikaka

    I googled Titikaka and it said 'Did you mean Titicaca?

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    Re: titicaca or titikaka

    Wouldn't that question be better on a forum discussing the Quechua and Aymara languages?

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    #4

    Re: titicaca or titikaka

    Are you referring to the lake, or this Chinese firm which makes shoes and fashion accessories?

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    Re: titicaca or titikaka

    I must confess to you that my post merits a little attention because I am reading Stuart Redman's English Vocabulary in Use for pre-intermediate and intermediate learners and the thing that you find there is 'Lake Titikaka'. So it is clear that it can also be spelled like that. Just one of the vagaries of English spelling!!!

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    Re: titicaca or titikaka

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    I most respectfully suggest that you spell it as Lake Titicaca. (I believe that the other spelling would look strange to

    most Americans.)

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    Re: titicaca or titikaka

    Quote Originally Posted by balakrishnanijk View Post
    I must confess to you that my post merits a little attention because I am reading Stuart Redman's English Vocabulary in Use for pre-intermediate and intermediate learners and the thing that you find there is 'Lake Titikaka'. So it is clear that it can also be spelled like that. Just one of the vagaries of English spelling!!!
    No, that's not a vagary of English spelling. It's a vagary of Spanish spelling. Even if it was originally Titikaka, we use Titicaca because that's the way the Spanish have transliterated the word.
    Last edited by Raymott; 04-Mar-2012 at 14:08.

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    Re: titicaca or titikaka

    There's a minor variant in the spelling of a word of uncertain derivation and meaning that has been transliterated into another language and then into English. If you know enough about the languages it appears to come from and have a case to make, then make it. Google suggests it's 4-1 for the c-c spelling. Go with the majority. Or the minority. There's no ruling body on the English language, let alone one to rule on the transliteration of words of uncertain derivation in South America.

    I honestly can't see that your post merits that much attention, even with exclamation marks. You have found an alternative spelling of a place name that isn't English. Variations occur. W00t!!!

    On a personal note, I shan't be opening any more of your threads unless action needs to be taken.

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    Re: titicaca or titikaka

    I am not suggesting or insisting that Titikaka is the only correct spelling or that Titicaca is incorrect. I only posted it because that is what you see in the book on English vocabulary by Stuart Redman mentioned above. According to Oxford University Press, Mr Redman has been involved in English language teaching for over twenty-five years and has taught both in the UK and overseas and I am well aware that his title is one of the most widely used books on English vocabulary here. (Whenever you visit a bookstore and look for titles on English grammar and vocabulary,you are left with not much choice because everyone is heavily into learning vocabulary and grammar and such books sell like hot cakes.) If a person like him has used the spelling three times in a book on English vocabulary, you cannot help asking why he prefers it to the accepted spelling.
    Last edited by balakrishnanijk; 04-Mar-2012 at 16:30. Reason: spelling

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    Re: titicaca or titikaka

    Quote Originally Posted by balakrishnanijk View Post
    If a person like him has used the spelling three times in a book on English vocabulary, you cannot help asking why he prefers it to the accepted spelling.


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Balakrishnanijk,

    (1) I can understand your feelings.

    (2) I thank you for this question. I had always assumed that "Titicaca" was the only spelling. I learned something

    from your post.

    (3) I did some googling and discovered that some people do insist that the "correct" spelling is "Titikaka." In fact, one

    American blogger claims that in at least one South American country, the people prefer to spell it that way.

    (4) Perhaps Mr. Redman feels that he is using the correct spelling, no matter what the majority of people say.

    (5) You have read all the posts in this thread. It is now your right to use the spelling that you feel most comfortable with.

    Please remember that if you spell it with a "k," most native readers of English will feel that you have "misspelled" the word.

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