Monday, March 23, 2009

WHAT I HATE TODAY: Your daily dose of negative energy

Today I hate that all countries use the Roman alphabet, and sometimes even the English version of their countries’ names, on their national sports teams’ jerseys for the Olympics, or the World Cup, or other international competitions. I noticed this again last night while watching the USA-Japan game at the World Baseball Classic. How cool would it have been if the Japanese players had been wearing jerseys with their nation’s name spelled out in… oh, I don’t know… Japanese? Instead the jerseys said “Japan”* (although I noticed that the McDonald’s ad on the sides of their helmets was in Japanese).

How would we like it if America’s national teams played in jerseys that said “EEUU” or something unintelligible (to us) in Arabic or Korean lettering? The only national team I know of that ignores the Roman alphabet is Russia’s hockey team, which follows the tradition of the Soviet Union’s terrifying “CCCP” jerseys by rendering its nation’s name in Cyrillic calligraphy. Is it any coincidence that
the resulting jersey is super-sweet?

*Oddly enough, it seems that Japanese baseball teams, playing each other in Japanese baseball leagues, use English names and Roman lettering on their uniforms.

1 comment:

  1. Blame the British. When they ruled the world, English became the "language of the court", which used to be French. If America didn't become the dominant Western power after WWII, then everything would probably be written in German. Personally, I'm glad the Nazis didn't win, so I can't complain about the universal language being English. It will change someday, probably soon, after the fall of the American Empire. So, when the Koreans take over the world, everything will be in Korean. Or the Chinese.