August 17, 2006
Double Meaning Prompts Name Change
Sometimes your street name can be irksome, especially if you live on Kaka Street in New Zealand. According to ABC News, the double meaning of Kaka is prompting a street name change.
In Maori, a KaaKaa is a bird and Kaka is something they would deposit on a statue. The resulting name change to Kākā is a gentle nod to proper usage of the Maori language.
I have to feel sorry for the Brazilian soccer player Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, whose nickname is Kaka. Just for the record, Kaka also means "Togolese Folk Dance," is the Swedish word for "cookie," and means "brother" in Swahili.
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