Renaming efforts have been made in Finland and elsewhere in the world this year, as various place names, product names and others that have been deemed inappropriate have been given new names that are more suitable for today.
In Finland, for example, Neekerisaari in Liperi is renamed Seppänen.
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Valio has said it intends to remove fets from the packaging of Turkish yoghurt, Fazer has announced that it is considering changing the name of Geisha chocolate, and the name change has also been considered by the manufacturer of Eskimo ice cream. Many sports clubs have also begun to consider whether the names of the teams should be changed to new ones.
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The U.S. space agency Nasa joins the lineup by disabling a few nicknames of celestial objects. The names “Eskimo Nebula” or Eskimosumu and “Siamese Twins Galaxy” or a pair of galaxies are Siamese twins.
The Eskimos Nebula (NGC 2392) is also known, among others, as the Clown Nebula. It is a planetary nebula discovered by astronomer William Herschel in 1787. The name comes from the fact that the nebula looks like a human face surrounded by a parka hood.
Celestial bodies are often given informal nicknames, as they are typically just a series of letters and numbers. However, according to Nasa, some nicknames are offensive and therefore you want to stop using them.
“As the scientific community seeks to identify and combat systematic discrimination and inequality on all sides of the field, it has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames are not just subtle, they can even be harmful,” the agency said, according to CBS News, among others.
- Nasa is reviewing the use of informal terminology as part of its commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.
Many indigenous peoples consider the Eskimo a derogatory term. Siamese twins, on the other hand, is an outdated expression referring to twins that are attached to each other. The name comes from the famous twins Chang and Eng Bunker, born in 19th century Siam, or present-day Thailand.
From now on, Eskimosumu and Siamese twins are called in Nasa only by their real names, namely NGC 2392 and NGC 4567 and 4568.