article article By David H. WojazerAssociated PressNew York (AP) — For years, the Turkish government has denied that its citizens have used the word “coup” to describe the military overthrow of the government last year.
But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he doesn’t have to hide the fact that the term has become part of Turkish vocabulary in a country that was once ruled by the Ottoman Empire.
Erdogan said on Wednesday that his government had no choice but to use the word to describe a recent coup attempt.
“I have to defend my country,” he said at a news conference.
“You know, I’m not going to hide that I have a lot of respect for the Turkish people.”
The government has been using the term in its public statements and on social media for years.
The phrase is usually translated as “Coup” or “Cucumber.”
But a review of the official Turkish language dictionary, published in 2014 by the Institute for the Study of War, found that it was the word used to describe military action in the Turkish military coup of July 15, which overthrew the government of Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
The word “Cup” is the name of a fruit in Turkey, the Istiklal Gezi Park, in Istanbul, Turkey.
The government has used the term “Cumhuriyet” or Cumhuriyya to describe that coup attempt, but not “COUP” as it has been used in other contexts.
The Istika Linguistic Center, a Turkish language research institute, said the use of the word was likely the result of the political situation and that it’s not used by the Turkish Armed Forces.