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Persian or Farsi?

I was glad to see, in the "Media" section of today's Independent, that the BBC are planning a Persian service in 2008. Persian, not Farsi. I dislike the tendency in many quarters to refer to the main language spoken in Iran as Farsi. Of course the Iranians say they speak Farsi but we don't say that the Germans speak Deutsch or the French speak Français so why should we say the Iranians speak Farsi?


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