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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA number of representatives of Latvia’s intelligence have proposed changing the current name of the restaurant of Latvian National Library – Kleever – to something more appropriate for the status of the Castle of Light, its prestige and objectives.

According to the library’s public relations specialist Augusts Zilberts, the word ‘kleever’ was created «by combining historic context with possible interpretations of the name of Klīversala». Zilberts explains that ‘the world ‘kleever’ sounds much like ‘clever’ in English’.

«Even a surface analysis shows that none of the alleged goals associated with naming the restaurant ‘kleever’ have not been achieved. The name of Klīversala has its roots in the name of wood trader Dietrich Klüwer. A ‘klīvers’ (jib in English) is a staysail of a sailing vessel. This word has its roots in the Dutch word ‘kluiver’, which is also present in multiple other languages (klüver in German). The word ’kleever’ does not represent anything tangible in Latvian, German or any other language associated with Riga’s development. The ‘ee’ in Latvian orthographic rules is ‘ie’. It would be odd to believe that the international sounding of the world would be automatically associated with English language rules, especially considering that ‘ee’ in English is read like the Latvian elongated ‘ī’ and has no relation to the aforementioned origins and terminology.

There is also no reason to believe the word ‘kleever’ is related much to the proposed adjective ‘clever’. The English clever is spelled with a single ‘e’. The pronunciation of the word ‘kleever’, on the other hand, sounds identical to another English word – cleaver, a butcher’s tool. Does this reflect any relation to the library and its future development?» – as mentioned in a letter signed by writer Māris Bērziņš, poet Jānis Rokpelnis, cultural sociologist Dr.sc.soc Dagmara Beitnere, Dr. Phil. Vineta Porina, writer Nora Ikstena, writer and head of Latvian Writers Union Arno Jundze, Chief Editor of Domuzīme magazine Rudite Kalpina, and multiple other noteworthy representatives of Latvian intelligence.

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