Funny tagging bugs by non-experts (Was: Request for variant subtag fr 16th-c 17th-c RESUBMISSION

Stephane Bortzmeyer bortzmeyer at
Sun Jan 28 20:25:07 CET 2007

On Fri, Jan 26, 2007 at 09:55:13PM -0800,
 Doug Ewell <dewell at> wrote 
 a message of 42 lines which said:

> There are also some false friends, pairs of subtags that seem as
> though they might be related but aren't.  "be-BE" is Belarusian as
> used in Belgium, "et-ET" is Estonian as used in Ethiopia, "sl-SL" is
> Slovenian as used in Sierra Leone.  There's a good chance that
> somebody, somewhere will misuse one of these, but there's nothing
> that can (or should be) done about them.

The most common bug, by far, is people tagging "uk" a text in
English... Using "jp" for Japanese is the second but it is much less

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