Doktoro Esperanto estas la pseŭdonimo per kiu Ludoviko ZAMENHOF publikigis sian Unuan Libron. Amike, Jacques * On Wed, 28 Jan 2004 22:57:57 -0300, Daniel Castro Landeira <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Some days ago I saw for the first time in my life a street with the >name "Esperanto". It was in the city of Córdoba (second largest in >Argentina). I didn't know it existed; I saw the street sign through the >bus window, totally by chance. > > How this street got its present name, I don't know. (Of course, >Argentine politicians are corrupt, so if you bribe half of the >members, plus one, of the municipal council of any city you can get the >name of one of its streets changed to "Esperanto". Unfortunately, this >procedure is beyond the financial possibilities of local Esperanto >leagues). > > Also, I don't know if there are more Esperanto streets in other >Argentine cities. (Certainly not in Buenos Aires or its suburbs). But >then I came to think: Isn't an Esperanto street a strange thing? > > Let's see: usually names of streets are given to honor prominent >people; in Buenos Aires we have streets with the name of Copernicus, >Newton, Linnaeus, Pasteur, Einstein, Edison, etc. So we would, at last, >expect a "Zamenhof" street. An "Esperanto" street seems as strange as a >street called "Heliocentric System", "Law of Universal Gravitation", >"Botanical Classification", "Anti-rabic Vaccine", "Theory of Relativity" >or "Incandescent Lamp". > > However, the reason for Esperanto streets throughout the world is >clear: the majority of people usually doesn't care about the origins of >street names; if they see a "L. L. Zamenhof" street, they probably won't >ask themselves "Who was this guy?" and won't go to an encyclopedic >dictionary to learn he was the creator of the international language >Esperanto. If they see, instead, an "Esperanto" street, probably they >will think "Ah, Esperanto. Wasn't it the name of an international >language created long ago? But hadn't this project failed? Probably, if >someone got the name of this street changed to Esperanto, this means >it's still alive." And the advertising purpose is fulfilled. > >Daniel > >P.S.: Of course, one could argue that an "Esperanto" street isn't much >different from an "Einstein", etc., street, as Esperanto wasn't >originally the name of a language but the name (or pseudonym) of a >person. But if you ask a large number of educated people which is the >meaning of the word "Esperanto", 99.9% will answer "It's the name of an >international language" and only .1% will say "It's the pseudonym of the >creator of an international language".