This may be getting off-topic but I've always wondered about the origin of the name, "Cathay". As far as I know, English is the only language that has the "th" sound, so when and where did this name come from?
Hey, Hindi also has "th", both as "th" and "t'h".
The Western Liao Khitans were called Qira Khitai, or Black Khitans. Khitai corrupted became Cathay.http://www.bartleby..../ca/Cathay.html
(kth´) (KEY) , name for North China used by medieval Europeans, derived from the Khitan (or Khitai), a Manchurian people who conquered S Manchuria and N China and founded the Liao dynasty (937–1125). S China was referred to as Mangi. Long after the end of the Liao, the Russians and some central Asian people continued to and still use Kitai as the name of China. The description of Cathay by Marco Polo (c.1254–c.1324) in his journal helped popularize the name in medieval Europe.
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