Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-istan
-Stan is to country names in Central Asia what -ville is to town names in the US. -Stan means "country" and it derives from Persian -stan ("country"), which comes from Indo-Iranian *stanam. *Stanam is literally "where one stands," but it really means "place" and derives from Proto-Indo-European *sta-no- from the base *sta- ("to stand"). *Sta- is also the forbear of English stand via Proto-Germanic *sta-n-d- and Old English standan.