Search: why does the country phillipines start with ph
Why: My dad wants to know. I wonder what he is up to today.
Answer: Filipino is a Spanish word, after Las Islas Filipinas, named after King Phillip II of Spain. Spanish does not use the digraph "ph."
During the Spanish-American War (1898) and Philippine-American War (1898-1902), US colonial authorities just called the islands whatever the hell they wanted, which was Philippines - a translation of the Spanish. The United States held sovereignty over the islands until the end of WWII, during which "Philippines" was adopted as the official name.
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The More You Know: Some other country names and their origins:
- Argentina - from Latin argentum, "silver"
- Austria - from the Old High German word Ostarrîchi "eastern realm"
- Canada - a First Nations word kanata (or canada) ,"settlement or village" or "land"
- Cuba - from Taíno cubao, "where fertile land is abundant" or coabana as "great place" (coabana)
- Dominica - named by Christopher Columbus on the Sunday he spotted it, from Latin dominica, "Sunday"
- France - "Land of the Franks," from the Proto-Germanic word frankon, "javelin, lance" or from frank, "free"
- Guatemala - from the Maya-Toltec language, "land of the trees"
- Italy - through Greek from the Oscan Víteliú, meaning "land of young cattle"
- Jamaica - from Arawakan Xaymaca, "Land of Wood and Water" or the "Land of Springs"
- Kenya - named after Mt. Kenya, which in various languages means "white mountain"
- Kosovo - "field of the birds" from the Turkish word Kuş, “bird” + Ova, “field or plain”
- Mozambique - from Musa Al Big or Mossa Al Bique or Mussa Ben Mbiki, an Arab trader who first visited the island and later lived there
- Nicaragua - the name of a local chief Nicarao + the Spanish word agua, "water"
- Poland - from Polish words either pole, "field," opole, "group of villages belonging to one clan," or plemię, "tribe"
- Tanzania - Tanganyika (from Swahili tanga, "sail" + nyika, "wilderness") + Zanzibar (from Arabic zanj, "black" + al bar, "land")