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Thursday, October 26, 2006

The IguaÇu /IguaSSu Battle

The artwork shown above depicts firstly the official cote of arms of the City of Foz do Iguaçu. You will notice that there is a lot of red standing for NO to something. Can you guess what has been so hotly and passionately debated? I will tell you: it was about the proposal by a local city councilor to change the spelling of the city name in order to make it easier for the tourists. Among the reasons offered was that the internet was unable to read the “cedille” which is not in the English alphabet. Also, it was remembered, that until the late 40s Iguaçu was spelled Iguassu. So the real proposal was that the name of the city instead of being written Foz do Iguaçu as it is today, it would be written Foz do Iguassu.

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