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  • As no-one knew the etymology of the old name, Pishpek, they chose a new one, the nearest word phonetically in Kyrgyz: bishkek, which means "kumiss-whisk".

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  • After a brief post focusing on a recipe for kumiss (which is what you make with a bishkek), he quoted a series of passages from Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow (a wonderful book, which these tastes make me want to reread) dealing with the "mad scavenger" Tchitcherine, sent to Seven Rivers country (south of Lake Balkhash: Semirechye in Russian, Zhetysu in Kazakh) "to give the tribesmen out here, this far out, an alphabet."

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  • It turned out that the etymology of the indigenous name Pishpek was unknown; the nearest Kyrgyz word was bishkek 'whisk with which kumiss is stirred.'

    languagehat.com: BISHKEK/PISHPEK.

  • Al Jazeera's Robin Forestier-Walker, reporting from Bishkek, said Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the country's president, has now fled the capital and relocated to the country's south. southasianews al jazeera bishkek kyrgyz kurmanbek bakiyev protest anti-government clashes Robin Forestier-Walker

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  • A ''bishkek'' is the paddle used to stir fermenting mare's milk until it turns into koumiss. Kyrgyzstan's national drink is koumiss, so it (re-)named its capital after the culinary implement. Sort of like renaming Edinburgh "spirtle".

    December 23, 2008