That’s not how they spell the capitals of Moldova and Estonia.
Moreover, that’s not how they spell most Ukrainian cities either.
But for some reason that’s how they spell the capital of Ukraine. Why?
So far, my follow-up letter to the editor, citing the Make it K-Y-I-V! petition, has yielded no answer.
Dear New York Times,
You continue spelling Ukraine’s capital the old-fashioned Soviet-era way, which annoys thousands of Ukrainians worldwide.
Some of them are your readers, subscribers and perhaps advertisers. My online petition hasn’t reached every one of them, but it has already reached 2,247.
When will you start spelling Ukraine’s capital consistent with your de-Sovietized spelling of the capitals of Moldova and Estonia?
As Ukraine goes to the polls, you can make welcome news. You can show your support for Ukraine’s democracy in both the spirit and the letter.
Taras, KYIV, Ukraine
Ignorance or interaction? Will the NYT go the distance?